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Shawabty of King Taharqa

This is a shawabty belonging to King Taharqa. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are ten 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 pillar...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, found in Pyramid 21, room A but originally from Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa). 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 the 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: 24.8 x 10.2 cm (9 3/4 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gray serpentinite


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes