Inscribed beaker

Napatan Period, reign of Queen Nansalsa
643–623 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nansalsa), N.E. foundation deposit


Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (base): 8 x 5 x 4 cm (3 1/8 x 1 15/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This blue-glazed faience faience beaker was found as part of a foundation deposit. It is a flat-based beaker with slightly concave sides flaring to a wide mouth with a slightly rolled rim. There is an incised line around the rim. The beaker is inscribed with two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which includes a cartouche for Napatan Queen Nansalsa, mother of King’s Anlamani and Aspelta. Some surface glaze is worn away or has flaked off. There are chips in some edges, and there is slight incrusting.

Translation of the text:
Col. 1: “King’s mother Nansalsa (Nn-sl-sA)”
Col. 2: “Beloved of Hathor who is in Thebes”


From Nuri, pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nansalsa), N.E. foundation deposit. 1918: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition