Votive cup

Napatan, reign of Akharitene (Akhratan)
353–340 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 14 (tomb of Akhratan), N.E. foundation deposit


Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (base): 6.7 x 6.7 x 5 cm (2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This faience cup was found as part of a foundation deposit. It has a flat base with slmost straight sides and straight rim with an incised line around it. One side of the cup is higher than another, contributing to an overall asymetrical, uneven shape. The light blue surface glaze is worn and flaked off in many areas, and there are some dirty incrustations that adhere to the cup.


From Nuri, Pyramid 14 (Tomb of Akhratan), N.E corner deposit. 1917: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition