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Black-topped red polished beaker

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This bell-shaped (or 'tulip') beaker is of a type 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 turning the beaker over...

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Provenance

From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 316, (K 316/7). 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan. (Accession Date: December 14, 1994)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 10.4 x 13.1 cm (4 1/8 x 5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.2096

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels