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Votive cup

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This faience votive cup was found as part of a foundation deposit. The shape is almost cylindrical, with a flat base and straight rim with incised line around it. One exterior side carries two columns of hieroglyphic text, one of which contains the cartouch of Napatan King Aspelta. The light...

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From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta), N.W. foundation deposit. 1917: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the 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 for Label

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter (rim) x diameter (bsse): 6.1 x 6.1 x 5.2 cm (2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Foundation deposits