Globular jar with incised decoration

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 4 (Queen Khensa)


Overall: 29 x 5 cm (11 7/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This jar is fashioned of blackware with signs of black polish. It has a globular, almost spherical body with a fairly short neck that narrows on its rise to a straight rim. Approximately the upper third of the body is decorated with incised, stippled line decoration: Three narrow bands separate two wider bands of a braid-like design. The bottom edge of the decoration is also this kind of design. The jar was once in many fragments but has been mended; small portions are restored.


From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, Ku 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa). 1919: 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: September 5, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition