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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). This mummiforn shape does not have a back pillar or base. No hands or implements are depicted. There is one unframed column of painted text which shows a cartouche on the front of the figure. The object is half molded with a flat...

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From el-Kurru, Pyramid 15 (tomb of Shabaka), stairway, original filling, originally from Pyramid 17. 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 Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes