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Red polished beaker

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This bell-shaped (or ‘tulip’) beaker is of a shape characteristic of the classic phase of Kerma pottery. While many examples are black-topped and red polished, this example is fashioned of redware and fully red polished. The exterior treatment is attained by means of a coating of ochre prior...

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From Kerma, Cemetery S, grave 33A (K 33A/38). 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 6, 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: 12.2 x 14.8 cm (4 13/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World