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Fragment of a shawabty of King Atlanersa

These are nine fragments of shawabtys belonging to King Atlanersa. When complete, this type consists of a male figure wearing a tripartite wig and a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape has a back pillar and a base. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left....

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri pyramid 20 (tomb of Atlanersa), from Thieves' Hole. 1917: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Atlanersa, 653–643 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: largest 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.) Overall: smallest 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes