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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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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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kurru, Nubia (sudan)


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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes