Small offering dish

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal

Dimensions

Overall: 3.2 x 7.2 cm (1 1/4 x 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.4256

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/xupa” 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 or as model offerings in and of themselves.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal. 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