Small offering dish/lid
Late Napatan Period
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 1 (unknown king), stairs
Overall: 4.5 x 12.8 cm (1 3/4 x 5 1/16 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/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 el-Kurru, Ku.1 (tomb of unknown king), stairs. 1919: 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