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Shawabty of King Piankhy

This is a shawabty of King Piankhy. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian shawabtys, but differ from them in many features of their iconography. For instance, the known Nubian...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Tum. 5 originally from Pyramid 17 (tomb of King Piankhy), debris in stair and chamber. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy)–Taharqa, 743–712 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

19-3-596.2

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes