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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

This is a shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). The object was broken in five pieces and is not mended. The male figure wears a tripartite wig, an uraeus and a long beard. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. No hands or implements are depicted. There is one unframed column of...

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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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nubia, Sudan

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes