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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

These are four leg, foot and base fragments shawabty (type A) belonging to King Tanwetamani. These mummiform shapes do not have back pillars but they have small bases. There is an inscription on three of them. The inscription is unusual in that there are 16 different short vertical lines of...

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From el-Kurru, between Ku. 1 and Ku. 17 in debris, originally from Ku. 16 (tomb of King 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani, 664–653 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall Smallest: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.) Overall Largest: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes