Small offering dish/lid
270 B.C.–A.D. 320
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W. 466
Overall: 3.5 x 12.5 cm (1 3/8 x 4 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
One of seventeen small offering dishes/lids, as in 23-3-672A, B. Six are complete, the rest are fragmentary.
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, Beg. W. 466. 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