Inscribed beaker

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

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), N.W. corner foundation deposit (NW 31)


Height x diameter: 5.2 x 5.2 cm (2 1/16 x 2 1/16 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. The shape is almost cylindrical, with a slightly rounded base and straight rim with incised line around it. One exterior side carries two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which contains the cartouch of Napatan King Aspelta. The light blue surface glaze has worn away in many areas, exposing the underlying faience paste. Some chips are broken from the rim. Breaks in the cup have been mended.

Tranlsation of the text:
Col. 1: “The Good God, Aspelta”
Col. 2: “Beloved of Re-Horakhty, Great God, Lord of Heaven”


From Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), N.W. corner foundation deposit (NW 31). 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