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Fragments of shawabtys

This is a box of approximately 17 fragments plus crumbs of shawabtys, including fragments of a face, a beard, and an ear. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian shawabtys, but differ...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, found in Ku. 18 (tomb of Shebitka) intrusive. 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 the Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka, 698–690 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 2.6 cm (1 in.) Smallest: 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes