Globular black-topped redware jar with incised decoration

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Overall: 20 x 10 cm (7 7/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.3389

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This globular black-topped redware jar has high shoulders, a rounded base, and a straight neck ending at a thin straight rim with a slight outward pull. Two bands of incised decoration of stippled lines are on the upper body. Around the rim is a band of alternating pairs of opposing, slanted lines, while th etop of the shoulders carries a band or irregular “x” hatches that form a zigzag pattern. 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.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave . 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 12, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition