Napatan Period, reign of King Aspelta
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid VIII, tomb of Aspelta, NW corner, NW 29
Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (base): 7.7 x 5 x 2.9 cm (3 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/8 in.)
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This blue-glazed faience faience votive beaker was found as part of a foundation deposit. It is a flat-based beaker with asymmetrical profile (one side cylindrical and the other straight) and straight rim with an incised line around it. One side of the exterior is inscribed with two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which includes a cartouche of Napatan King Aspelta. Some areas of the light blue surface glaze are worn down to the underlying faience paste.
Translation of the text:
Col. 1: “The Good God, Aspelta”
Col. 2: “Beloved of Bastet, Mistress of Ta-Set(i) [i.e. Nubia]”
From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid VIII, tomb of Aspelta, NW corner, NW 29.
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