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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). The male figure wears a tripartite wig, an uraeus and a long beard but most of the head is missing. There is one unframed column of painted text which includes the cartouche on the front of the figure. This mummiform shape does not...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 5, originally from Pyramid 17 (tomb of King Piankhy (Piye)). 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: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes