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Shawabty of King Atlanersa

This is a shawabty belonging to King Atlanersa. The object was broken in two pieces and four chips and is not mended. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape has a back pillar and a base. The arms are crossed and the hands...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 20 (tomb of Atlanersa), found in the debris of Rooms A and B and around the walls of Room B. 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 Atlanersa, 653–643 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes