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Shawabty of King Shabaka Shabaka

This is a shawabty of King Shabaka. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. There are three unframed columns of painted (not incised) text on the front of the figure. There is also a single column of text on the sides and possibly on the back. The text extends onto the...

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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 Sudan.

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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)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes