Miniature/model offering jar
New Kingdom to Meroitic Period
1550 B.C.–A.D. 320
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Building (Temple) B 600, room 602, sub.
Overall: 4.5 x 3 cm (1 3/4 x 1 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This small jar is fashioned of a light reddish clay fabric. It has a flat, shaved base, and a globular body with slightly convex sides that constrict at the top. The upper body and rim are broken off and missing.
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition