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Fragment of Shawabty of King Shebitka

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

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From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, Pyramid 9 (enclosure debris), but 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 7.6 cm (3 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes