Small squat jar with incised decoration

Early Kerma
about 2400–2050 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery N, grave 124


Overall: 8.8 x 8.6 cm (3 7/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This small squat jar has no neck and a rolled rim. The upper portion of the body is decorated with punctated incised lines: three lines run around the body just below the rim, while groups of vertical punctated lines (of varying number) extend down ward from this band, sometimes approximating triangular arrangements. Small areas of the upper body have alternate decoration, including an incised triangle filled with stippling, a short band of cross-hatched lines, and simple stippled dots.


From Kerma, Cemetery N, grave 124. 1916: 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 6, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition