Small offering bowl/cup
Meroitic Period (?)
270 B.C.–A.D. 320
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Building (Temple) B 600, room 602
Overall: 4 x 7 cm (1 9/16 x 2 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.” 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 modelling. Finger impressions are evident from shaping.
From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Building (Temple) B 600, room 602. 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: August 16, 2006)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition