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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...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K 439. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition and assigned to the MFA by the Sudanese government.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Object Place

Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.2121

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels