Inscribed beaker

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid VIII, tomb of Aspelta, NW corner, NW 29

Dimensions

Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (base): 7.7 x 5 x 2.9 cm (3 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1029

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

This blue-glazed faience faience votive beaker was found as part of a foundation deposit. It is a flat-based beaker with asymmetrical profile (one side cylindrical and the other straight) and straight rim with an incised line around it. One side of the exterior is inscribed with two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which includes a cartouche of Napatan King Aspelta. Some areas of the light blue surface glaze are worn down to the underlying faience paste.

Translation of the text:
Col. 1: “The Good God, Aspelta”
Col. 2: “Beloved of Bastet, Mistress of Ta-Set(i) [i.e. Nubia]”

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid VIII, tomb of Aspelta, NW corner, NW 29.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition