Inscribed beaker

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8 (botm of Aspelta), N.W. corner foundation deposit (NW 31)

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 5.1 x 6.2 cm (2 x 2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1018

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

This faience votive cup was found as part of a foundation deposit. It has a light blue glaze that has worn and faded considerably. The base is slightly rounded, and the rim is slightly rolled. It is inscribed on one exterior side with two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which contains the cartouche of Napatan King Aspelta. There is a chip broken from one edge, and the base is punctured.

Translation of the text;
Col. 1: “The Good God, Aspelta”
Col. 2: “Beloved of Hathor who is in Thebes”

Provenance

From Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), N.W. corner foundation deposit (NW 31). 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 Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition