Alabastron (bag-shaped vessel) with inlaid gold and silver decoration

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

Object Place: Sudan, Nubia, Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta)


Height x diameter: 26.5 x 7.8 cm (10 7/16 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), gold, silver, Egyptian blue, carnelian, magnatite, amazonite, and Egyptian blue

Not On View


The Ancient World



(a) Alabaster; inscribed; (b) Shoulder decoration of gold filigree work with remains of inlay; neck of vase of silver overlaid with gold decoration and with woven gold wire pendants bearing carnelian, magnatite, and amazonite drops.


From Nuri: pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 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 Sudan.
(Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition