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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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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.

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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: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes