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Offering bowl

Common in grave, tomb, and temple contexts, small, often poorly made vessels such as this small bowl 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...

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From Nuri, Pyramid 7 (tomb of a Karkamani), NE foundation deposit. 1917-1918: 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Karkamani (?), 519–510 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 5.7 x 15.2 cm (2 1/4 x 6 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Foundation deposits