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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

This is a shawabty belonging to King Tanwetamani. The male figure wears a bag wig but no beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. The implements are finely detailed. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. One hoe is held in the right hand resting on the left shoulder and the left...

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From el-Kurru, pyramid 15 or 18. 1918: 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 Tanwetamani, 664–653 B.C.

Object Place

Nubia, Sudan

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes