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Fragment of a shawabty of King Taharqa

This is a head of a shawabty belonging to King Taharqa. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with pleated lappets and uraeus and has a long beard. Most of the back of the wig is missing and the uraeus and beard are chipped. A small diagonal crack appears from the upper left to the lower...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa) U. in floor debris towards E2. 1917: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: Head is 6 x 5.8 cm (2 3/8 x 2 5/16 in.). Originally the piece would be under 23 cms.

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Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes