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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

These are two joining pieces of ankle, feet and base of a shawabty (type B) of King Tanwetamani. The shawabty is uninscribed. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. This mummiform shape does have a back pillar and a base. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs...

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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: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes