Slender jar

Middle Kerma
about 2050–1700 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery B, grave 21


Overall: 31.2 x 10 cm (12 5/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This slender jar has an elongated ovoid body that gradually narrows at the top to form a slight neck of sorts. The jar’s rim has broken off, though it apears that it would have been straight. Five wide recessed lines around the neck just below the rim resemble thin rilling lines, though they were probably added after the jar was shaped. The rounded base was partly shaped by shaving with a straight-edged implement.


From Kerma, Cemetery B, grave 21. 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 10, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition