Amphora and contents

Napatan Period, reign of Aktisanes
315–270 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Pyramid 11 (Aktisanes), NE foundation deposit


Overall: 41.5 x 15.2 cm (16 5/16 x 6 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This amphora is fashioned of a pinkish clay fabric. It has a rounded base with sides that narrow towards the top of the body. Two roughly formed loop handles are attached to the upper body. Most of the vessel above the haldes has broken off and is missing. The upper portion is in unstable, cracked condition. One side of the base has a small drilled hole, and a larger, also likely deliberately place hole is in the bottom. A soil sample was shipped in this jar, possibly representing contents when found. The sample consists largely of sand with a light proportion of mixed debris.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Pyramid 11 (tomb of Aktisanes), NE 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 9, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition