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Sarcophagus of King Aspelta

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Granite coffin and lid of King Aspelta. On top of lid the lower parts of a hawk and jackal, the upper parts missing.


From Nuri, tomb of Aspelta (hawk figure from tomb of King Amtalqa). 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds with the government of Sudan; 1923: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 205 x 170 x 310 cm, 14515.1 kg (80 11/16 x 66 15/16 x 122 1/16 in., 32000 lb.)

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Medium or Technique

Granite gneiss


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi