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Fragments of shawabtys of Tanwetamani

These are four fragments of shawabtys (type A) of King Tanwetamani. There are three leg and foot fragments that join. These mummiform shapes do have a back pillar and base. There is one top of head fragment The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about...

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From el-Kurru, Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani), stairs at thieve's hole. 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 Smallest: 2 cm (13/16 in.) Overall Largest: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes