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Shawabty of King Senkamanisken

This is a shawabty belonging to King Senkamanisken. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. The hands are modelled in high raised relief. One hoe is held in the right hand resting on the left shoulder and the left hand...

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From Nuri, Pyramid 3 (tomb of Senkamanisken) A, B, C. 1917: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken, 643–623 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes