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Shawabty of King Taharqa

This is a shawabty of King Taharqa. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. Note that in each hand the figure holds a hoe and a cord to a small bag slung over each shoulder rather than the implements...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, Pyramid 1 (Tomb of Taharqa) A IV 1. 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: 29.2 x 11 cm (11 1/2 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes