Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8 (Aspelta), NE foundation deposit
Overall: 7 x 18.6 cm (2 3/4 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts, small, often poorly made vessels such as this shallow dish are often classified as “offering bowls/dishes. They could be used to present actual offerings at a tomb or temple or could be used as model offerings in and of themselves. Examples of sufficient size could be used for a variety of utilitarian purposes in daily life as well. Such dishes are often made of medium to coarse grades of clay. Knife-cut or cord-cut bases are common, though rounded bases occur as well. They are frequently wheel made. Irregularities or asymmetry in shaping reflect fast work and mass production.
From Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), NE foundation deposit. 1916-1918: 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 15, 2006)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition