Small offering dish/lid fragments
about 643–542 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), 469
Overall: 3.5 x 9.5 cm (1 3/8 x 3 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition