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Fragment of shawabty of King Tanwetamani

This is a shawabty belonging to King Tanwetamani. The object is missing from knees down. The male figure wears a bag wig but no beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. The face is worn. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. One...

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From el-Kurru, From el-Kurru, Ku. 18 (tomb of king Shebitka), 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.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes