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Model bowl

Meroitic Period (?)
270 B.C.–A.D. 320

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


Overall: 3.6 x 6.2 cm (1 7/16 x 2 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



Common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts, small vessels such as this example are often called “offering bowls/cups” or, because of their small size, “model bowls.” The particularly small size of this example makes the “model” designation likely. In ancient times they could be used for the presentation of offerings at a tomb or temple, as model offerings in and of themselves, and for rituals. Though many such small vessels are wheel-made, this example was made by hand and has very rough modeling.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Great Temple of Amun (B 500), 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 16, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition