Inscribed faience tablet

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

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), NW corner


Width x length x thickness: 3.6 x 7.2 x 1.9 cm (1 7/16 x 2 13/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This inscribed faience foundation tablet was found as part of a foundation deposit. It has a pale blue-green glaze which has largely worn away in many areas down to the underlying beige-colored paste. It is inscribed on one side with the name and titles of Napatan King Aspalta: “Great God, Lord of the Two Lands, Alpelta, Given Life Forever” (nTr nfr nb tA.wy ispltA anx Dt)


From N. W. corner deposit of Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), Nuri. 1916: 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: June 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition