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Shawabty of King Aspelta

This is a shawabty belonging to King Aspelta. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are eight horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a narrow blank...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 25.7 cm (10 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes