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Spouted black-topped red polished jar with ribbed neck

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 3401

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The Ancient World



This spouted jar is fashioned of black-topped red polished ware. It has a rounded base, a ribbed neck, and a flaring rim that produces a wide mouth. 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. This jar was broken but has been mended, though some fragments are still loose or missing.


From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 3401. 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: July 25, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition