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Small offering dish/lid

Napatan Period, reign of Siaspiqa
487–468 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 4 (Siaspiqa), SE foundation dep.


Overall: 3.2 x 10.8 cm (1 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



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 Nuri, Pyramid 4 (tomb of Siaspiqa), SE 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 10, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition