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Upper portion of an amphora

Napatan Period, reign of Siaspiqa
487–468 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 4 (Siaspiqa), SE foundation dep.


Overall: 34.3 x 9.6 cm (13 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is the upper portion of an amphora fashioned of reddish clay fabric. Much of the lower body and all of the base is broken off; seven fragments remain. The sides of the vessel narrow in the top portion. The mouth is fairly wide with an undulating rim profile. Two handles are attached to the upper body; both are thick, awkward and, though intended as loop handles, have little to no space in the loop. There is a large crack in the remaining body, rendering it slightly unstable.


From Nuri, Pyramid 4 (tomb of Siaspiqa), NE foundation deposit. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

(Accession Date: August 11, 2006)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition