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Fragments of shawabtys of King Shebitka

This is a box of 41 head, torso, leg and foot fragments of foremen shawabtys of King Shebitka. 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 from them in many features...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 18 (tomb of Shebitka).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)


Overall Largest: 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.) Overall Smallest: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes