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Shawabty of Amani-natake-lebte

This is a shawabty belonging to King Amani-natake-lebte. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. When complete, there are seven horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a single vertical line up the center of the...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 10 (tomb of Amani-natake-lebte), the torso was found in the debris Rooms A, B, C; the head was found in Pyramid 58. 1917: 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 King Amani-natake-lebte, 538–519 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes