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Shawabty of King Shabaka Shabaka

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty of King Shabaka. There is one unframed column of black painted text on the front and back. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These...

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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: 7.6 cm (3 in.)

Accession Number

21.12867

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes