Small black-topped red polished beaker

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Object Place: Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.3089

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This small bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is of a type characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery, though the standard size for such vessels is larger. 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. The rim of this jar is slightly chipped, but it is otherwise complete.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 317. January 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 Sudan.

(Accession Date: January 1, 1914)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition