Red polished beaker

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 33A

Dimensions

Overall: 12.8 x 14.7 cm (5 1/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.2887

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is of a shape characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery. While many examples are black-topped and red polished, this example is fashioned of redware and fully red polished. The exterior treatment is attained by means of a coating of ochre prior to firing and polishing with stones/pebbles.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 33A (K 33A/158). 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: June 6, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition