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Shawabty of Malonaqen

This is a shawabty belonging to King Malonaqen. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. There are eight horizontal lines of incised text with traces of black paint encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a narrow blank area up the center of the...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, Pyramid 5 (tomb of Malonaqen), in debris and a few in place along the south wall. 1917: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Malonaqen, 555–542 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes