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Bronze mirror of King Shabaka

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The mirror consists of a bronze disk set into a gilt silver handle in the form of a column with a palm leaf capital. Standing figures of the great goddesses surround the column: Hathor, wearing a sun disk and horns; lioness-headed Tefnut; and Mut, wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru: pyramid 15 (tomb of Shbaka). 1918-19: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka, 712–698 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia, Sudan

Dimensions

H. 32.9 cm

Accession Number

21.318

Medium or Technique

Bronze, gilt silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical