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Jar fragments and vessel contents

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1017

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The Ancient World



This group is comprised of three fragments of a redware jar (the entire rim, much of the base, and one small body fragment), likely originally globular in shape and vessel contents. The latter consist of three large clumps of a light, semi-porous organic material, possible bread. Some edges retain the shape of the vessel in which they were contained. There are also signs of having been soaked in liquid or a viscous substance (oil, honey, etc.). One clump (the most soaked of the three) has a line of a resin-like substance on it.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1017. 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: September 19, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition