Small offering dish/lid

Nubian
Meroitic Period
270 B.C.–A.D. 320


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W. 466

Dimensions

Overall: 4.3 x 11.7 cm (1 11/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.3150

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition