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Large Tell el-Yahudiya juglet fragment

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1042


Overall: 14 x 9.2 cm (5 1/2 x 3 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is the majority of the body of a large blackware juglet. Its shape is that of a biconical Tell el-Yahudiya juglet. This Canaanite form was copied in Egypt. It has a small disc base with a slightly concave bottom. Much of the upper body has broken off and is missing. The remaining body is decorated with large traingular fields of punctated, white-filled dotted lines. According to the Kerma field register, when excavated this juglet contained “greasy mud.” Such jars are thought to have often contained fats/ungents.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1042. 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: July 26, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition