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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

These are two head and one base fragments of shawabtys (type B) of King Tanwetamani. The male figure wears a bag wig but has no beard. 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....

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani), debris of chapel. 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 Smallest: 2 cm (13/16 in.) Overall Largest: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

19-2-370.2

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes