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Small bowl/lid

Napatan Period, reign of King Amani-natake-lebte
538–519 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 10 ( Amani-natake-lebte), SE foundation


Overall: 3.3 x 13.8 cm (1 5/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



Common in tomb and temple contexts, small vessels such as this example are often called “offering bowls/dishes” or, especially due to their small size, “model bowls.” 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. They were also employed as lids for jars with mouths of appropriate diameter. Such bowls/lids are most often made of medium to coarse grades of clay. Knife-cut or cord-cut bases and little or no smoothing of the surfaces combine with irregularities in shaping to indicate mass production. A portion of this vessel is missing due to a break.


From Nuri, Pyramid 10 (tomb of Amani-natake-lebte), SE foundation deposit. 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 7, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition