Large shouldered jar

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1050

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The Ancient World



This large jar has very subtle shoulders that narrow to a somewhat contricted neck. The uppermost portion is broken off at the point of constriction above the shoulders. The base is rounded and the sides widen gradually to the shoulders before a sharper grade to the neck/rim. Several fragments of the neck and rim remain, enough to indicate that the jar had a fairly short straight neck with a folded rim. The exterior has is treated with a white wash.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1050. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: August 10, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition