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Shawabty of king Amaniastabarqa

This is a head fragment of a shawabty belonging to King Amaniastabarqa. The male figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. The object is very worn. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 2 (tomb of king Amaniastabarqa).1919: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Amaniastabarqa, 510–487 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes