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Model bowl/lid


Findspot: Nubia, Egypt, Kubban, Cemetery 110, Grave 46?

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The Ancient World



This is a shallow, hemispherical model bowl or lid of a somewhat coarse clay fabric. The rim is deeply notched to create a pie-rim effect.

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.


Kubban. (ASN 110/46?). 1911: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition for the Archaeological Survey of Nubia; awarded to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession Date: September 19, 2006)

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Archaeological Survey of Nubia