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Shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

This is a shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. This foreman shawbty figure wears a bag wig with an uraeus. He holds a whip in his left hand. There is one unframed column of painted text which shows the cartouche on the back of the figure. The...

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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: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes