Globular black-topped redware jar
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1081
Overall: 18 x 11.9 cm (7 1/16 x 4 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition