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Shawabty (?) fragment of King Taharqa

Fragment of a stone object; possibly a shawabty. 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...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, Pyramid 1 (Tomb of Taharqa), I E. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length x width x thickness: 5.1 x 3 x 2.2 cm (2 x 1 3/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.15626

Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes