Deaccessioned September 26, 2013
Miniature black-topped red polished beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia, Sudan, Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV, grave 425
Overall: 7.2 x 8.2 cm (2 13/16 x 3 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is of a type characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery. The red surface was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and polishing with smooth stones/pebbles. The black top was attained by turning the beaker over to place the upper portion in an oxygen-reduced atmosphere of burning organics/ash.
From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV, grave 425. 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 the Sudan.
(Accession date: June 21, 2006)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition