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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

These are 13 legs and foot fragments of shawabtys of King Piye (Piankhy). Several fragments have partial inscriptions in black ink on the back. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750 - 270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian...

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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: 0.6 cm (1/4 in.) Overall Largest: 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes