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Shawabty of king Karkamani

This is a head fragment of a shawabty belonging to King Karkamani. The object was broken in 1 big and 19 smaller pieces and one bag of small miscellaneous chips and is not mended. The nose, the uraeus and the left ear are chipped off. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only...

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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 Smallest: 0.1 cm (1/16 in.) Overall Largest: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes