Alabastron

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta
593–568 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid VIII, Tomb of Aspelta

Dimensions

Height x depth: 19.4 x 8.9 cm (7 5/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

20.1075

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

These fragments formed the rounded base of a bag-shaped vessel known as an alabastron. It would have had a narrow neck, everted rim and a pair of pierced lug handles.

The base of the vessel is reconstructed from fragments. An additional 11 fragments of the upper part of the vessel, including the rim, are housed in a bag with the object.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 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 Sudan.

(Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition