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Red polished beaker with netting

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This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is made of red polished ware. The shape is characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery, of which the majority of such beakers are black-topped and red polished. The red surface was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing...

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From Kerma, Tumulus III, grave 334. February, 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma,


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 11.9 cm (4 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pottery, fiber


The Ancient World