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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. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above left. There are 2 horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a...

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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 the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 11.9 cm (4 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes