Inscribed beaker

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani
623–593 B.C.


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Nuri, S. E. corner of Pyramid 6, foundation deposit

Dimensions

Height x diameter (rim): 7 x 4.6 cm (2 3/4 x 1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.989

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

Beakers of this type were often included in foundation deposits below the royal pyramids of the early Napatan period in Nubia. The flat-based beaker of pale blue faience has slightly asymetrically concave sides flaring to a wide mouth with a slightly rolled rim. There is an incised line around the rim. Below, the beaker is inscribed with two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which includes a cartouche of king Anlamani. Some areas of the surface glaze are worn down to the underlying faience paste and the rim is chipped.

The left column of text reads:
“The Good God, Ankhkare [i.e. Anlamani]”

The right column is indistinct due to the condition of the exterior surface.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 6 (tomb of Anlamani), S.E. foundation deposit. 1917: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition