Offering dish

Napatan Period, reign of Nastasen
335–315 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 15 ( Nastasen), foundation deposit, UR 2


Overall: 3.1 x 17 cm (1 1/4 x 6 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

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 15 (tomb of Nastasen) foundation deposit UR 2. 1920: 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 16, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition