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Clay beaker: E.13.1911

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Clay beaker


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.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.2 cm
Height: 11.7 cm

Find spot

  • Abydos Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911) by The Egyptian Exploration Fund


Thirteenth Dynasty
Middle Kingdom
Second Intermediate period
Circa -1773 BCE - -1650 BCE

Materials used in production

clay Clay

Techniques used in production

Burnished Polished Handmade

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.13.1911
Primary reference Number: 51243
Oldadmincategory: P
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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