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Black-topped red polished jar

This jar, of highly polished black-topped redware, is made of a fabric characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery. 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...

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From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus K XXXIII-A. 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: June 28, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 9 x 6.7 cm (3 9/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World