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Shawabty of King Shabaka

This is a waist to foot fragment of a shawabty of King Shabaka. The shawabty is uninscribed. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar. There is a base. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan...

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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: 10.2 cm (4 in.)

Accession Number

21.12791

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes