Straight-sided cup

Napatan Period, reign of Nasakhma to Malowiebamani
468–435 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 31 (Queen Sakaaye), NW foundation dep.


Overall: 5 x 8.5 cm (1 15/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This cup is made of a reddish clay fabric. It has straight sides with and plain, very slightly inverted rim. It has a wide flat base. The base was cord-cut or knife-cut, and a mass of clay was added thereafter, possibly to plug a hole in the base caused by the cutting. There are no indications of surface treatments.


From Nuri, Pyramid 31 (tomb of Queen Sakaaye), NW foundation deposit. 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 18, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition