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Fragment of shawabty of King Shebitka

This is a fragment of the head of a shawabty belonging to King Shebitka. When complete, a shawabty of King Shebitka typically wears a tripartite wig, has a long beard which is often painted black; and has one unframed column of painted text on the front of the figure, which when legible...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, Pyramid 18 (tomb ofKing 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: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.13019

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes