Globular black-topped redware jar with three handles

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, K 1613


Overall: 20.9 x 12.2 cm (8 1/4 x 4 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This bag-shaped jar, of black-topped redware, hsa a rounded base, a short concave neck, and a slightly rolled rim. Three loop handles have been added, attached at just below the rim to the upper body. They are blackened as well. The black top was attained by turning the jar over in the firing process to place the upper portion in an oxygen-reduced atmosphere of burning organics/ash. The jar was broken but has been mended, and some small portions have been reconstructed.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1613. 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: July 13, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition