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Shawabty fragments of King Taharqa

These are two shawabty fragments of King Taharqa. The first includes the bottom of the pigtail, the second is an unidentifiable worked fragment. When complete, there are typically nine or ten horizontal lines of incised unframed text on the front of the body which do not extend to the back of...

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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)


1) 4 x 2.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 in.) 2) 4.1 x 2.5 cm (1 5/8 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes