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Shawabty fragments of King Taharqa

These are two shoulder fragments of a shawabty of King Taharqa. When complete, this type consists of a figure wearing a bulging bag (khat) headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. In each hand the figure holds a hoe and a cord to a small bag slung over each shoulder. The hoe on the right has...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa), but originally found in Pyramid 42 (tomb of Queen Asata), thieves' hole in the stairway. 1917: 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, reign of Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Left: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.) Right: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.14737

Medium or Technique

Red-brown serpentinized rock

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes