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Slender jar/beaker with hole

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1(3)?


Overall: 20.4 x 9.8 cm (8 1/16 x 3 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This slender jar/beaker has a base that comes almost to a rounded point. The rim is thin and straight. Though the jar’s almost straight profile approaches that of a cylindrical beaker, slight narrowing in the upper portions may more technically classify it as a slender jar. The base was formed in part through the use of a straight-edged utenisil, markings of which are visible. Portions of the upper body and rim have broken off and are missing; the remaining portion is intact. Near one of the breaks is a deliberately placed hole, likely for an ancient repair or perhaps for stringing. One separate rim fragment remains as well.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 1(3)?. 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: July 18, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition