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 (rim) x diameter (base): 8.3 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


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.
Column 1 reads: “The Good God, Ankhkare [i.e. Anlamani]”. The second column is unreadable due to the condition of the glaze. Many areas of the surface glaze have flaked away, exposing the underlying faience paste. Part of the rim is broken off, while another small section was broken but has been mended.


From Nuri, pyramid 6 (tomb of Anlamani), S.E. foundation deposit. 1917: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition