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Shawabty of King Shabaka Shabaka

This is a box of 28 shawabty foot and leg fragments of King Shabaka. There are 10 fragments with inscriptions. Seven fragments are in two pieces. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian...

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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: 8.3 x 4.3 cm (3 1/4 x 1 11/16 in.) Overall Smallest: 3.2 x 3.2 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

19-4-140.9

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes