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Small offering dish/lid

Egyptian or Nubian

Findspot: Nubia, Uronarti, Room 95


Overall: 3.7 x 11.5 cm (1 7/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


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Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



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. 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 Uronarti, room 95. 1929: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds.

(Accession Date: August 16, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition