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Foreman shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

Fragment of foreman figure of shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). The lower part of the kilt, hips and thighs of the shawabty. The left leg is advanced, the right hand is at the side. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These...

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From el-Kurru, pyramid 17 (tomb of Piankhy (Piye). 1919: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 4.8 x 2 cm (1 7/8 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes