Globular red polished jar with incised decoration

Early Kerma
about 2400–2050 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery N, grave 98


Overall: 23.9 x 11.8 cm (9 7/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This globular red polished jar has high shoulders, a rounded base, and no neck. The rim is pulled upwards slightly and a pattern of incised cross-hatched lines has been added to it. The midsection of the jar is decorated with stippled triangle and diamond shapes arranged in vertical rows. The red surface of the jar was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and polishing with smooth stones/pebbles.


From Kerma, Cemetery N, grave 98. 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 12, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition