Small black-topped red polished beaker
about 1700–1550 B.C.
Object Place: Egypt
Overall: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This small bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is of a type characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery, though the standard size for such vessels is larger. 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. The rim of this jar is slightly chipped, but it is otherwise complete.
From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 317. January 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 Sudan.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1914)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition