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Shawabty of King Nasakhma

This is a shawabty belonging to King Nasakhma. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus, there is no pigtail on the headdress, and has a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri , Pyramid 19 (tomb of Nasakhma), Debris from rooms A and C. 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 Nasakhma, 468–463 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes