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Napatan Period, reigns of Aspelta to Aramatelka
593–555 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 28 (Queen Henuttakhebit), NE found. dep.


Overall: 36 x 10 cm (14 3/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is a relatively small amphora of a red clay fabric. The base is rounded and sides narrow very slightly towards the top. The mouth is wiede with an undulating rim profile. Both the rim and lower body have malformations/indentations from prior to firing. Two thick loop handles on opposite sides of the upper body are placed at different heights. The is a small patch of caked mud on one side of the base. One area of the base has a small drilled hole. One side of the amphora has a large incised pot mark: the shape is standard-like with a small pair of crossed lines under a vertical rectangle containing another pair of crossed lines within.


From Nuri, Pyramid 28 (tomb of a Queen Henuttakhebit), NE foundation deposit. 1917: 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 11, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition