Small offering dish/lid

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Beg. W 469, SW foundation deposit

Dimensions

Overall: 3.7 x 10.7 cm (1 7/16 x 4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.3174

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

This is one of two small offering dishes/lids found together. 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, SW foundation deposit. 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