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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

This is a shawabty (type B) belonging to King Tanwetamani. The object is missing from waist down. The male figure wears a bag wig but no beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. This mummiform shape does have a back pillar. The arms are crossed...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru. The bottom fragment was found in box of material from Ku. 18, but originally from Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani), the top was found at the stairs at a thieve's hole of Ku. 16. 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: 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes