Miniature/model offering jar

Nubian
New Kingdom to Meroitic Period
1550 B.C.–A.D. 320


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Building (Temple) B 600, room 602, sub.

Dimensions

Overall: 7 x 3 cm (2 3/4 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.4865

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This small jar is fashioned of a light reddish clay fabric. It has a flat, shaved base, a body with slight, high-set shoulders, and a haphazardly modeled flaring rim

Common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts, small vessels such as this example are often called “offering vessels” or, because of their small size, “model vessels.” In ancient times they could be used for the presentation of offerings at a tomb or temple or as model offerings in and of themselves. Such vessels are most often made of medium to coarse grades of clay.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building (Temple) B 600, room 602, sub. 1916: 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: September 8, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition