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Shawabty of King Atlanersa

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty belonging to King Atlanersa. When complete, this type consists of a male figure wearing a tripartite wig and a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape has a back pillar and a base. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 20 (tomb of Atlanersa). 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: smallest 3 cm (1 3/16 in.) Overall: largest 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes