User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Shawabty of king Karkamani

This is an upper body fragment of a shawabty belonging to King Karkamani. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are no lines of text remaining. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above left. In each hand the figure holds a hoe....

Show Full Description

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri , Pyramid 7 (tomb of Karkamani). Most were found in Room C on the floor, but some were found on the stairs and in Rooms A and 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 Karkamani, 519–510 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.13947

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes