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Kerma ware beaker

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'This pottery beaker, used to transport liquid, originated from the Kerma basin and is part of the collection, the Kerma Classique. It has a distinctive design which consists of black around the rim, a grey zone in the middle and red at the bottom. It is made of clay and was fired in a bonfire to harden it. It was burnished with a pebble to make a highly polished surface. Kerma is in the Kingdom of Kush which was a sophisticated and urbanised community. It existed between 1750-1550 BC. I liked it because it had a distinctive design which out from the other ceramics and I would not mind having it on my mantlepiece as it is a part of my Sudanese Heritage'

By Yasir Abdelazim

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