Small offering plate
Napatan Period, reign of Karkamani (?)
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 30 (a queen?), SW foundation deposit
Overall: 6.5 x 19.3 cm (2 9/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts, small vessels such as this shallow plate are often called “offering” vessels or, because of their small size, “model” vessels. 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. They 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 Nuri, Pyramid 30 (tomb of a queen?), SW foundation deposit. 1917-1918: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.
(Accession Date: August 10, 2006)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition