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Clay beaker

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Clay beaker




beaker (vessel)


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.

Field Collection

Abydos Egypt


diameter 14.2 cm
height 11.7 cm


Thirteenth Dynasty
Middle Kingdom
Second Intermediate period


circa 1773 B.C. — 1650 B.C.


given: The Egyptian Exploration Fund 1911 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


  1. Gratien, B.
    (1968) Les Cultures Kerma (1968)
    [comments: p.119]
  2. Peet, T.E.
    Naville, E.
    The Cemeteries of Abydos [vol. 2]
    [comments: pl.XIII, 11]
  3. Bourriau, J.D.
    (1981) Umm El-Ga`ab : pottery from the Nile Valley before the Arab conquest (1981)
    [comments: no. 208]



Accession Number

E.13.1911 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 51243; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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