Red polished beaker with netting
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 334
Overall: 11.9 cm (4 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is made of red polished ware. The shape is characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery, of which the majority of such beakers are black-topped and red polished. The red surface was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and polishing with smooth stones/pebbles. The beaker’s walls are thin. The sides are not straight, but are ribbed with grooves that may be indicatative of forming by a coil method. Still adhering to the upper portion of the vessel are fragments of netting.
From Kerma, Tumulus III, grave 334. February, 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition