Black-topped red polished beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 317
Height x diameter (a): 12.1 x 15 cm (4 3/4 x 5 7/8 in.) Height x diameter (b): 12.1 x 15.5 cm (4 3/4 x 6 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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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. The interior is black polished. There is a black and white band around the mid section.
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: January 1, 1914)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition