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Shouldered red polished jar

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This red polished jar has low-set shoulders, a rounded base, a very short concave neck, and a flaring rim. The red surface was created by application of ochre prior to firing in an oxidizing atmosphere and polishing with smooth stones/pebbles. The jar was broken but has been mended, and some...

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From Kerma, Cemetery S, Tumulus IV, grave 444. 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 17, 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 x 7 cm (7 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World