Squat shouldered black-topped jar with incised decoration

Middle Kerma
about 2050–1700 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery M, grave 57


Overall: 20 x 17.5 cm (7 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This squat black-topped jar carries a deep reddish wash/slip with some signs of polishing. It has a rounded base, high shoulders, no neck, and a thick pulled rim. The upper portion has been decorated with a pattern composed of squared stippling, forming three bands around the jar just below the rim, from which long, slender triangles (filled with similar squared stippling) extend downward to the shoulders. The jar was broken but has been mended, and some missing parts have been reconstructed.


From Kerma, Cemetery M, grave 57. 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