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Clay beaker, with black top decoration. Made in Nubia (Southern Egypt/Sudan)
Kerma beaker, with black top decoration. Made in Nubia (Southern Egypt/Sudan) and found in a grave at the Egyptian cemetery of Abydos. The vessel is made from Nile Silt clay and has very thin walls, measuring from 2-5 mm in thickness. The rim is asymmetrical and the interior was smoothed with fingers, and burnished (rubbed with a hard object horizontally). Outside there is a red wash on the lower section of the pot which was then polished. This type of ware is called red and black. This vessel came from the grave of a Nubian living in Egypt who belonged to a group of people called the Kerma culture. Only a few familes of the Kerma people found their way into Egypt. It is therefore of interest that they brought pottery with them, along with other goods, but chose a traditional Egyptian manner of burial. The base is rounded. The pot is complete, which is remarkable given its fragile structure.
circa 1773 B.C. 1650 B.C.