Globular redware jar with blackened rim
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 330
Overall: 20.4 x 12.6 cm (8 1/16 x 4 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This redware jar has a rounded base, a very short concave neck, and a slightly pulled rim. It exhibits traces of a red wash that appears to have been polished/burnished. It is unclear if the small area of blackening around the rim was intentional or the result of use or firing. Black-topped redware and red polished ware is common during the Classic Kerma Period. Black tops were attained by turning a jar over in the firing process to place the upper portion in an oxygen-reduced atmosphere of burning organics/ash.
From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 330. 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)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition