Spouted globular red polished jar (pitcher) with handle and incised line decoration

Nubian
Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 317

Dimensions

Overall: 22.5 x 14 cm (8 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

20.3497

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This red-polished, symmetrical globular jar has a rounded base and a wide mouth. It has a wide, slightly flaring spout on one side. A large handle spans the length of the mouth. An incised line border has been added running along each side of the handle down around the rim. The red surface of the jar was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and polishing with smooth stones/pebbles.

Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 317. 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 17, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition