Inscribed beaker

Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta
593–568 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), S.W. corner foundation deposit


Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (base): 5.4 x 5.7 x 4.6 cm (2 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This faience votive cup was found as part of a foundation deposit. It has a light blue glaze that has worn and faded considerably. The base is flat and the rim is slightly rolled. There is an incised line around the rim as well. The cuip is inscribed on one exterior side with two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which contains the cartouche of Napatan King Aspelta. There are chips broken from some edges, and the cup was once broken into many fragments but has been mended.

Translation of the text:
Col. 1: “The Good God, Aspelta”
Col. 2: “Beloved of Amen-Re Gem-Aten”


From Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), S.W. corner foundation deposit. 1917: 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. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition