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Fragments of shawabtys of Tanwetamani

These are six fragments of shawabtys (type B) of King Tanwetamani. There are two foot, one head, one leg and two torso fragments. The fragments are uninscribed. The female head fragment wears a bag wig. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Pyramid 16 (tomb of King Tanwetamani). 1919: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani, 664–653 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall Smallest: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.) Overall Largest: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes