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Shawabty of King Shabaka

This is a chest to foot fragment of a shawabty of King Shabaka. There is one unframed column of text on the back and both sides of the figure. The text is painted, not incised. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. No...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 15 (tomb of King Shabaka), debris of chambers. 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. (Accession Date: September 8, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka, 712–698 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 13.9 cm (5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes