Small offering dish
Meroitic Period (?)
270 B.C.–A.D. 320
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal
Overall: 3.2 x 7.2 cm (1 1/4 x 2 13/16 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/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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition