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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. There is one unframed column of incised text on the front of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. Here the hands are opposed and the arms are not...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku. 10, originally from Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani), 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.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.12937

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes