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Shawabty of King Shebitka (?)

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty, probably of King Shebitka type a. There is no back pillar. The shawabty is uninscribed. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, found in Ku. 10 debris of foundation of pyramid and enclosing wall; originally likely from Ku. 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: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

19-2-635.2

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes