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Spouted black-topped red polished jar with ribbed neck

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...

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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

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World