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Fragment of a shawabty of King Taharqa

This is a partial foot fragment of a shawabty of King Taharqa. The front part of the feet is missing. When complete, shawabtys of King Taharqa have nine or ten horizontal lines of unframed, incised text on the front of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa). 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: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes