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Squat globular jar with incised and stippled decoration

Middle Kerma
about 2050–1700 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery M, grave


Overall: 15 x 9.5 cm (5 7/8 x 3 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This squat globular jar has a rounded base, no neck, and a narrow mought with a straight rim that has been pulled upward very slightly. The exterior carries incised and stippled decoration. The rim is immediately surrounded by a band of short, vertical hatches, followed by a very irregular wavy line. vertically oriented patches of v-notches and zigzag lines extend from this wavy line toward the widest part of the vessel, which has been decorated with occassional wavy lines, oriented in different directions, and various animal forms: five stippled birds (likely ostriches or bustards, apparently both adults and chicks), two cross-hatched crocodiles, and one unidentifiable quadruped.


From Kerma, Cemetery M, grave 3. 1915: 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 7, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition