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Small offering bowl/cup

Nubian
Meroitic Period (?)
270 B.C.–A.D. 320


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Building (Temple) B 600, room 602

Dimensions

Overall: 4 x 7 cm (1 9/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.4255

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition