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Shawabty of an unidentified king

This head of a shawabty is of an unidentified king. It has a large square face and wears the nemes headdress and has a thick uraeus, with no head, in relief on the top of the head. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750 - 270 B.C. These...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, found in Ku.6 but originally from Ku. 1 (tomb of an unknown king). 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, Late Napatan Period, 362–342 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.13018

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes