Miniature/model vessel with incised rim

Napatan Period (?)
about 750–270 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Great Temple of Amun, B 501 (outer court)


Overall: 1.6 x 4 cm (5/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is a tiny vessel fashioned by hand from a brownish clay fabric. It is roughly rectangular in shape with a rounded base. The rim is straight with an upper edge notched with incised lines. One end has broken off and is missing.

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.”


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building B (Great Temple of Amun), Room 501 (outer court), V6, under brick walls. 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition