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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 back and right side. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs...

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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: 7.6 cm (3 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes