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Inscribed stone vessel of Aspelta

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Ovoid alabaster vessel; thin neck, rolled everted rim, pointed base, inscribed:- Two Nile Gods tying the heraldic arms of Upper and Lower Egypt, on which rest the two names of Aspalta in feathered cartouches. Remains of gold leaf (cover ?) on neck.


From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 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 King Aspelta, 598–563 B.C.

Object Place

Nuri, Nubia, Sudan


Legacy dimension: H. .095

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World