Red polished beaker with netting


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, K 334


Overall: 11.9 cm (4 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery, fiber

Not On View


The Ancient World



This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is made of red polished ware. The shape is characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery, of which the majority of such beakers are black-topped and red polished. The red surface was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and polishing with smooth stones/pebbles. The beaker’s walls are thin. The sides are not straight, but are ribbed with grooves that may be indicatative of forming by a coil method. Still adhering to the upper portion of the vessel are fragments of netting.


From Kerma, Tumulus III, grave 334. February, 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition