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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

This is a shawabty belonging to King Tanwetamani. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. The object was broken in two pieces and not mended. It appears that text has been removed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar but does have a small base. Here the hands...

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From el-Kurru, Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani), debris. 1919: 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 Tanwetamani, 664–653 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes