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Fragment of a shawabty of King Tanwetamani

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty (type A) of King Tanwetamani. There is one unframed column of incised text spelling 'shawabty' 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...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 15 right hand corner 'W', originally from Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani, 664–653 B.C.

Findspot

Kurru, Nubia (sudan)

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

19.1754

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes