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Shawabty of King Taharqa

This is a shawabty belonging to King Taharqa. The object was broken in three pieces and is not mended. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are ten horizontal lines of incised text which is unframed and does not extend around the back of the body....

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, Pyramid 1 (Tomb of Taharqa), A IV 1. From Sudan, Nubia, Nuri. February 1917: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA 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.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 25 x 9 cm (9 13/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes