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Fragment of a shawabty of King Taharqa

This is a head and upper torso fragment of a shawabty belonging to King Taharqa. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are portions of 5 horizontal lines of incised unframed text remaining on the front of body, it does not extend to the back of the...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa), A V 6. 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.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: Extant 12.5 x 8.1 cm (4 15/16 x 3 3/16 in.)Originally this piece would have been about 20 cms.

Accession Number

21.14725

Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes