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Globular black-topped red polished jar with repair holes

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This globular black-topped red polished jar has has a rounded base, a straight neck, and a folded 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...

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From Kerma, likely Cemetery S, possibly grave 421, 424, or 426. 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: 23.8 x 10 cm (9 3/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World