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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

This is a shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). The male figure wears a tripartite wig, an uraeus and a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. No hands or implements are depicted. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, pyramid 17 (tomb of Piankhy). 1918: 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 Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia, Sudan

Accession Number

21.3113

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes