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Globular black-topped redware jar

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1081

Dimensions

Overall: 18 x 11.9 cm (7 1/16 x 4 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.3422

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This globular black-topped redware jar has a rounded base, a straight neck, and a straight rim with slight outward pull. The black top was attained by turning the jar over in the firing process to place the upper portion in an oxygen-reduced atmosphere of burning organics/ash. There are traces of a red wash/slip that may have been burnished or polished, though much has worn away.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1081. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

(Accession date: July 14, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition