Globular redware jar with blackened rim

Classic Kerma
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.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition