Small offering dish/lid

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Malowiebamani
463–435 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 11 (Malowiebamani), NE foundation dep.

Dimensions

Overall: 4.8 x 14.9 cm (1 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.4030

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/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 in shaping indicate fast work and mass production. The rim is chipped, but otherwise the vessel is intact.

Provenance

From Nuri, Pyramid 11 (tomb of Malowiebamani), NE foundation deposit. 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 9, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition