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Shawabty fragment

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 of their iconography. For instance, the known Nubian examples are only from royal tombs. Also,...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, B 600 D. 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 750–270 B.C.

Findspot

Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 6 x 3.7 cm (2 3/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

16-3-301a

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes