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Shawabty fragments of King Taharqa

This is a group of 19 non-joining fragments of one or more large scale shawabtys of King Taharqa. Some appear to come from a shawabty wearing a bag (khat) headdress. When complete, this type consists of a figure wearing a bulging bag (khat) headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. The hands...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa). 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.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall largest: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.) Overall smallest: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes