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Miniature black-topped red polished beaker

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This miniature 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...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tumulus IV, grave 439. 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: September 22, 1993)

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: 5.3 x 6 cm (2 1/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.2038

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels