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Bowl - Bowl

Bowl

  • Object:

    Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Nubia (or Mesompotamia, made)

  • Date:

    7th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steatite

  • Museum number:

    A.9-1958

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The bowl is decorated on the sides with a series of roundels outlined by broad plain borders, containing alternately a small equal-armed cross or a stylised floral device; in the intervening spaces a trilobed floral device. on one side the roundels are interrupted by a rectangular panel from which a small handle juts out; the handle is surrounded by an oval border enclosing to the left and right of the handle a coarse, trilobed device.

Place of Origin

Nubia (or Mesompotamia, made)

Date

7th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Steatite

Dimensions

Height: 5 cm, Depth: 14.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Sir Leigh Ashton, F.S.A., London, in 1958. Ashton said that he acquired the bowl in Mesopotamia, but objects for comparison with a known Mesopotamian provenance are difficult to find. The bowl, on the other hand, is not dissimilar in texture and coarseness of style to a steatite oval box, found in Nubia, and dating probably to the 7th or 8th century. This type of object might have been made at almost any time in a Christian community in the Near East, and it seems hardly likely the bowl is of much earlier than from the 7th or 8th century.

Descriptive line

Bowl, steatite, Nubian or Mesopotamian, 7th or 8th century

Production Note

7th or 8th century

Materials

Steatite

Subjects depicted

Bowl; Roundels

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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