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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. There are nine horizontal lines of incised unframed text on the front of body, it does not extend to the back of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, Pyramid 1 (Tomb of Taharqa), I E near door. 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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Green magnesite-containing rock


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes