Small offering dish/lid
270 B.C.–A.D. 320
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg.W 469 Foundation Deposit SE
Medium or Technique
Not On View
These fragments are from one of five small offering dishes/lids found together; one has all pieces present. Common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts, small vessels such as this example are often called “offering bowls/dishes” 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. Some were also employed as lids for jars with mouths of appropriate diameter. Such dishes/lids are most often made of medium to coarse grades of clay. Knife-cut or cord-cut bases are common, though rounded bases occur as well. Frequent irregularities or asymmetry in shaping reflect fast work and mass production.
From Meroe, W469 (Foundation Deposit SE). 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: August 16, 2006)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition