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Shawabty of King Shabaka

This is a head to knees fragment of a shawabty of King Shabaka. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar. No hands or implements are depicted. The face is chipped. The ancient Nubians included...

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Provenance

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.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.12783

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes