Globular black-topped redware jar with three handles

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1613

Dimensions

Overall: 20.9 x 12.2 cm (8 1/4 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.3391

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This bag-shaped jar, of black-topped redware, hsa a rounded base, a short concave neck, and a slightly rolled rim. Three loop handles have been added, attached at just below the rim to the upper body. They are blackened as well. 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. The jar was broken but has been mended, and some small portions have been reconstructed.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1613. 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 13, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition