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Bag-shaped redware jar with blakening

This squat bag-shaped jar is fashioned of a reddish clay. Its widest point is set fairly low on the body. It has a rounded base and a slightly flaring neck that ends with a straight rim. Areas of blackening around the rim and on the body are likely from firing or use rather than deliberate...

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From Kerma, Cemetery B, grave 34. 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)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Middle Kerma, about 2050–1700 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 17 x 10.3 cm (6 11/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World