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Shawabty of King Shabaka Shabaka

This is a box of six shawabty body fragments of King Shabaka. 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 shawabtys, but differ from them in many features of their iconography. For...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 15 (tomb of King Shabaka), stairway filling before thieve's hole. 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.

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: 3.5 x 2.5 cm (1 3/8 x 1 in.) Overall Smallest: 1.3 x 1.6 cm (1/2 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

19-2-189

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes