Inscribed beaker

Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani
623–593 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Nuri, S. E. corner of Pyramid 6, foundation deposit


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

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Out on Loan

On display at National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc., since February 23, 1994


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

Beakers of this type were often included in foundation deposits below the royal pyramids of the early Napatan period in Nubia. The flat-based beaker of pale blue faience has slightly asymetrically concave sides flaring to a wide mouth with a slightly rolled rim. There is an incised line around the rim. Below, the beaker is inscribed with two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which includes a cartouche of king Anlamani. Some areas of the surface glaze are worn down to the underlying faience paste and the rim is chipped.


From Nubia, Nuri. 1920: 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.

Findspot Information: Found under S.E. corner of Pyramid VI at Nuri, the tomb of Anlamani.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition