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Small offering dish/lid

Nubian
Meroitic Period
about 643–542 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), 469

Dimensions

Overall: 3 x 10.3 cm (1 3/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.3165

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

One of 9 small offering dishes/lids; 5 complete and four broken.

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) 469. March 1923: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

(Accession Date: August 16, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition