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Shawabty of King Shabaka

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty of King Shabaka. There is one unframed column of text on the back and left side of the figure. The text is painted, not incised. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar. No hands or implements are depicted. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys...

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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes