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Alabastron (bag-shaped vessel) with inlaid gold and silver decoration

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(a) Alabaster; inscribed; (b) Shoulder decoration of gold filigree work with remains of inlay; neck of vase of silver overlaid with gold decoration and with woven gold wire pendants bearing carnelian, magnatite, and microcline drops.


From Nuri: pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 1916: 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: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.

Object Place

Nuri, Nubia, Sudan


Diameter at neck: 5.3 cm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Alabaster, gold, silver


The Ancient World