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Shawabty of King Aspelta

This is a shawabty belonging to King Aspelta. The object was broken in 20 pieces along with a bag of chips and is not mended. It is solid above the third line of inscription except that the beard is separated, and the legs and feet are in 18 additional pieces plus the bag of chips. The figure...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 1918: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes