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Shawabty of King Atlanersa

This is a head to lower torso fragment of a shawabty of King Atlanersa. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This type of mummiform shape, when complete, has a back pillar and a base. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. One...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 20 (tomb of Atlanersa), found in the debris of Room 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: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes