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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, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV, grave 421 (K IV/421/2). 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession date: June 15, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 12 x 13.4 cm (4 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.3045

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels