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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. This mummiform shape does have a back pillar and a base. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. One hoe is held in the...

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Provenance

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.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 11.7 cm (4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.12939

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes