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Inscribed beaker

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This cylindrical faience beaker, made of pale blue glazed faience, served as a foundation offering in the pyramid of king Aspelta. It is inscribed with the king's name.


From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), NW foundation deposit. 1918: 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.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter: 7.9 x 5.1 cm (3 1/8 x 2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Foundation deposits