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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

This is a leg, foot, base fragment of a shawabty belonging to King Tanwetamani. The object has an inscription on the front. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar but it has a small base. The inscription is unusual in that there are 16 different short vertical lines of text on these...

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From el-Kurru, Ku. 10, debris of foundation and enclosing walls, originally from Ku. 16 (tomb of King 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.

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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: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes