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Fragments of a shawabty of King Amani-natake-lebte

These are fragments of a shawabty of King Amani-nataki-lebte. The box contains fifty pieces including parts of the head, braided beard, torso, arms, and inscription. When complete this type wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are seven horizontal lines of...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, pyramid 10 (tomb of Amani-natake-lebte). 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 Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of King Amani-natake-lebte, 538–519 B.C.


Nubia (Sudan)


Smallest: 1.2 cm (1/2 in.) Largest: 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes