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Fragment of a shawabty of King Taharqa

This is a fragment of part of the head and torso of a shawabty of King Taharqa. When complete, the figure wears a bulging bag (khat) headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. Here the hands are opposed resting on the chest. In each hand the figure holds a hoe and a cord to a small bag slung...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa) stairs, thieves' debris before thieves' hole. 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: 17.5 x 10.5 cm (6 7/8 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes