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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

This is a torso and upper part of the legs fragment of a shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). The left shoulder and a part of the chest is missing. There is one unframed column of painted text which shows the cartouche on the back of the figure. The left foot is advanced. The ancient Nubians...

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Provenance

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.

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: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.12960

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes