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Shawabty of King Shabaka Shabaka

This is a box of 18 shawabty torso and leg fragments of King Shabaka. There are 14 fragments with inscriptions, one fragment is in two pieces, and one fragment has part of a foot. 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 Largest: 8 x 4.5 cm (3 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.) Overall Smallest: 4.5 x 4.3 cm (1 3/4 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

19-4-140.8

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes