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Black-topped red polished bowl with incised decoration

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This bowl is of black-topped red polished ware. It has a very slightly flaring rim with a bevelled edge to which has been applied an incised stippled pattern of decoration. The red surface of the bowl was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and polishing...

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From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus III, grave 325. 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 the Sudan. (Accession date: June 27, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World