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Shawabty fragments of King Taharqa

These are two front-of-leg fragments of shawabtys of King Taharqa. When complete, shawabtys of King Taharqa have nine or ten horizontal lines of unframed, incised text on the front of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in...

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Provenance

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.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Largest: 6.9 cm (2 11/16 in.) Smallest: 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.14695

Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes