Red polished beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 33A
Overall: 12.8 x 14.7 cm (5 1/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition