Napatan Period, reign of Karkamani (?)
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 7 (Karkamani), NE foundation deposit
Overall: 5.5 x 15 cm (2 3/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts, small, often poorly made vessels such as this small bowl are often classified as “offering bowls/dishes. They could be used to present actual offerings at a tomb or temple or could be used as model offerings in and of themselves. Examples of sufficient size (such as this one) could be used for a variety of utilitarian purposes in daily life as well. Such dishes are often made of medium to coarse grades of clay. Knife-cut or cord-cut bases are common, though rounded bases occur as well. They are frequently wheel made. Irregularities or asymmetry in shaping reflect fast work and mass production.
From Nuri, Pyramid 7 (tomb of a Karkamani), NE foundation deposit. 1917-1918: 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 15, 2006)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition