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Stele of King Aspelta

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Porphyry funerary stele of King Aspalta. Round topped with winged disc. Scene of king offering to Osiris attended by Isis and Anubis. Below are 22 lines of inscription. Bottom left corner missing.


From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 1916-1918: 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, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Object Place

Nubia, Sudan


Height: 134 cm (52 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Stele