Votive cup

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

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 9 (tomb of Aramatelka), S.W. foundation deposit


Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (base): 4 x 4.2 x 3 cm (1 9/16 x 1 5/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This small fiaence cup was found as part of a foundation deposit. It has a flat base with slightly concave sides that flare to a slightly wider mouth. The rim is straight with an incised line around it. The light blue surface glaze is somewhat worn, with many pock marks that expose the underlying faience paste, which is (possibly discolored to a) dark brown.


From Nuri, pyramid 9 (tomb of Aramatelka), S.W. foundation deposit. 1916-1918: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition