Black-topped red polished beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 316
Height x diameter: 10.4 x 13.1 cm (4 1/8 x 5 3/16 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, Cemetery S, grave 316, (K 316/7). 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.
(Accession Date: December 14, 1994)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition