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Globular black-topped red polished jar

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This squat globular jar, of black-topped red polished ware, has a rounded base, a long concave neck, and a slightly pulled striaght rim. The red surface was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and burnishing/polishing with smooth stones/pebbles. The black...

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From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 1625. 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: July 14, 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: 23.5 x 9.8 cm (9 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World