Miniature/model bowl

Napatan Period
about 750–270 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Great Temple of Amun, B 502 (inner court)


Overall: 3.8 x 6.2 cm (1 1/2 x 2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is a very small bowl fashioned by hand from a rough blackware fabric.

Very small vessels are common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts where they could be presented with offerings or as model offerings in and of themselves. They are thus often called “model vessels.” They are most often made of medium to coarse grades of clay, and shaping is often poor and irregular. Frequent irregularities or asymmetry in shaping reflect fast work and mass production. They can be either hand-made or spun on a wheel.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building B (Great Temple of Amun), Room 502 (inner court). 1920: 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: August 21, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition