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Fragment of a shawabty of King Malowiebamani

These are fragments of a shawabty belonging to King Malowiebamani. When complete the figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are 5 horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a narrow blank area up the center of...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri pyramid 11 (tomb of Malowiebamani). 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 Malowiebamani, 463–435 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: largest 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.). Overall: smallest 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes