Military ration token

Middle Kingdom
1980–1630 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Uronarti, Fort Room 5


Height x diameter: 22.5 x 4.5 cm (8 7/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, stucco

Not On View


The Ancient World


Tools and equipment

This slender cone resembles similarly shaped loaves of bread. It could be fastened to another object by means of wooden tenons inserted through a series of holes.The inscription concerns deliveries of provisions for the Egyptian troops stationed in the fortress of Uronarti.


From Uronarti Island, Halfa Province, Room F5 of the fort. May, 1924: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition