Black topped beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Tumulus IV, grave 439
Height x diameter: 10.5 x 9.2 cm (4 1/8 x 3 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is of a type characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery. 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.
From Kerma, tumulus IV, grave 439. 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: June 21, 1995)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition