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Fragment of shawabty of King Shebitka (?)

This is a leg and feet fragment of a shawabty. There is one unframed column of text in black ink on the front of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These...

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From Kurru? 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 King Shebitka, 698–690 B.C. (?)


Kurru(?), Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes