Globular jar with wax-like contents

Nubian
Early Kerma
about 2400–2050 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery N, grave 115

Dimensions

Overall: 15.3 x 5 cm (6 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.3284

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This small shouldered jar has a rounded base, a short, narrow neck, and a rolled rim. It exhibits considerable blackening and evidence of burning, and the surface is flaking in some areas. The jar is approximately two-thirds full of a hardened, wax-like substance (possibly actually wax).

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery N, grave 115. 1916: 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 6, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition