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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 or a base. The beard is painted black. The left foot is...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, 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 the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.13022

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes