Sarcophagus of King Aspelta

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

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8


Overall: 205 x 170 x 310 cm, 14515.1 kg (80 11/16 x 66 15/16 x 122 1/16 in., 32000 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Granite gneiss

Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Granite coffin and lid of King Aspelta. On top of lid the lower parts of a hawk and jackal, the upper parts missing.


From Nuri, tomb of Aspelta (hawk figure from tomb of King Amtalqa). 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds with the government of Sudan; 1923: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition