Black-topped red polished jar
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Grave 316
Overall: 12.5 x 8.6 cm (4 15/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This jar, of highly polished black-topped redware, is made of a fabric 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.
(Accession Date: June 28, 2006)
From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 16. 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: June 28, 2006)
Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition