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Globular black-topped red polished jar

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This globular jar has a rounded base, a flaring neck, and an outwardly pulled rim. 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 jar over in the firing process to...

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From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 2000, debris. 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: July 13, 2006)

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 19.6 x 13.6 cm (7 11/16 x 5 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World