Small offering dish/lid
about 90–50 B.C.
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Pyramid 6 (Nawidemak)
Overall: 3.3 x 11.7 cm (1 5/16 x 4 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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. 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 Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Pyramid 6 (tomb of Nawidemak). 1916: 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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition