Tall bag shaped jar

Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, 319/39


Height x Dianeter: 18.8 x 10.4 cm (7 3/8 x 4 1/8 in.) Diameter (lid): 5.1 cm (2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World



The base of this jar is rounded, the rim is plain, and the neck is flaring. Three incised lines decorate the neck. There are brown stains of organic matter outside and on the lid, as well as a gray-brown, muddy sediment inside. There is a small chip on the rim. The disc lid with a knob inside is in two fragments.


From Kerma 319/39. 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: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition