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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

These are 40 torso, leg and foot fragments and 16 tiny miscellaneous fragments of shawabtys of King Piye (Piankhy). Five of the leg and foot fragments are in two pieces. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750 - 270 B.C. These funerary...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 17 (tomb of King Piankhy (Piye) ), 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall Smallest: 2.5 cm (1 in.) Overall Largest: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes