Votive cartouche

Napatan Period, reign of Amtalqa
568–555 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, SW corner of pyramid IX, tomb of Aramatelka


Height x width x thickness: 6.7 x 3.4 x 1.3 cm (2 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

These (one large and three very small) fragments represent approximately half of a blue-glazed faience votive cartouche. On the large fragment the surviving hieroglyphic signs within the cartouche record part of the name of Napatan King Aramatelka (Hr-mAa-ti [l-q]).


From Nuri, under the S.W. corner of Pyramid 9 (Tomb of King Aramatelka). 1916-1917: 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