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Bowl - Bowl


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Nubia (or Mesompotamia, made)

  • Date:

    7th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • 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)


7th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



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



Subjects depicted

Bowl; Roundels




Sculpture Collection

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