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Shawabty of King Taharqa

This is a shawabty belonging to King Taharqa. The figure wears a bulging bag (khat) headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. Here the arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. In each hand the figure holds a hoe and a cord to a small bag slung over each shoulder. The hoe on the...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa) A III 6. 1917: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

21.3011

Medium or Technique

Red-brown serpentinized rock

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes