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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

This is a shawabty (type B) belonging to King Tanwetamani. The object is missing from knees up. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does have a back pillar and a base. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These...

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From el-Kurru, Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani), stairs before thieve's hole. 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: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes