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Shawabty of King Senkamanisken

This is a shawabty belonging to King Senkamanisken. The figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. The facial features are very detailed with philtrum and bored out nostrils. Each shawabty has distinctive, individualized facial features that have been carved and not mold made. The arms...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 3 (tomb of Senkamanisken) Room B, North wall. 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 the 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