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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. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. The object is missing from above the hands down. The face is battered. The ancient...

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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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Karkamani, 519–510 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes