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Shawabty fragment

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty, possibly of King Siaspiqa. When complete this type consists of a male figure wearing the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The arms are not crossed, the hands are...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, found in Nu 21 but possibly originally from Nu 4 (tomb of King Siaspiqa). 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, 750–270 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 8.5 x 4.5 cm (3 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes