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): 7.5 x 6.6 cm (2 15/16 x 2 5/8 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 curving up to almost straight sides and slightly rolled rim with an incised line around it. One side of the rim is significantly taller than the other, contributing to an overall asymetrical, uneven shape to the cup. The light blue surface glaze is worn down to the underlying faience paste in many areas, and some incrustations adhere in some spots.


From Nuri, Pyramid 14 (Tomb of Akhratan), N.E. foundation 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