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Scarab with a branch pattern on teh back and a base inscribed with a sphinx surmounting the name of King Shabako

Steatite, unglazed. Seal side: sphinx marked Amon-Ra over the cartouche of Shabaka flanked by Uraeae. Bored lengthwise. Perfect.


From el-Kurru, pyramid 15 (tomb of Shabaka). 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. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka, 712–698 B.C.

Object Place for Label


El-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids