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Shawabty of King Malonaqen

This is a shawabty belonging to King Malonaqen. The object was broken in three pieces and is not mended. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are eight horizontal lines of incised text with traces of black paint encircling the body. The text is...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri , Pyramid 5 (tomb of Malonaqen), in debris and a few in place along the south wall. 1919: 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 Malonaqen, 555–542 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes