Inscribed beaker

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Queen Nansalsa
643–623 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nansalsa), N.E. foundation deposit

Dimensions

Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (base): 8 x 5 x 4 cm (3 1/8 x 1 15/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.996

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

This blue-glazed faience faience beaker was found as part of a foundation deposit. It is a flat-based beaker with slightly concave sides flaring to a wide mouth with a slightly rolled rim. There is an incised line around the rim. The beaker is inscribed with two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which includes a cartouche for Napatan Queen Nansalsa, mother of King’s Anlamani and Aspelta. Some surface glaze is worn away or has flaked off. There are chips in some edges, and there is slight incrusting.

Translation of the text:
Col. 1: “King’s mother Nansalsa (Nn-sl-sA)”
Col. 2: “Beloved of Hathor who is in Thebes”

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nansalsa), N.E. foundation deposit. 1918: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition