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Fragment of shawabty of King Shebitka

This is a fragment of the upper half of a shawabty of King Shebitka. The words 'Osiris, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Shebitka' are written in black ink on the front of the torso in one unframed column of painted text. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. This...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 23 filling debris, originally from Pyramid 18 (tomb of Shebitka). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka, 698–690 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

19.2111

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes