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Shawabty of King Shebitka

This is a foreman shawabty belonging to King Shebitka. This foreman shawabty figure wears a tripartite wig and a short kilt. He holds a whip in his left hand. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar but it has a base. The beard is painted black. The object...

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From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, pyramid 15 or 18, originally form pyramid 18 (tomb of Shebitka). 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 Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka, 698–690 B.C.


Sudan, Nubia

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes