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Shawabty of King Shebitka

This is a shawabty belonging to King Shebitka. There is one very faint unframed column of painted text down the front of the figure, when legible the text reads 'Osiris, the king of Upper and Lower Egypt, Shebitka.' This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar. No hands or implements are...

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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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes