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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

This is a head fragment of a shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). The male figure wears a tripartite wig, an uraeus and a long beard. The object is half molded with a flat dressed back. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750 - 270 B.C. These...

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Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 5 (tomb of Qalhata), filling on stairs, 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

19-2-560

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes