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Shawabty of King Shebitka

This is a large fragment of the torso and legs of a shawabty belonging to King Shebitka. When complete this male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. There is one unframed column of painted text down the front of the figure, when legible the text reads 'Osiris, the king of Upper...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, found in Ku. 2 but originally from 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: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes