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Shawabty of King Nastasen

This is a shawabty belonging to King Nastasen. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are horizontal lines of incised faint text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a narrow blank area up the center of the back. The arms are not...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, pyramid 15 (tomb of Nastasen). 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 Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Nastasen, 335–315 B.C.

Object Place

Nubia, Sudan

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes