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Shawabty of King Aspelta

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This royal shawabty of light blue-green glazed faience was made for the Napatan King Aspelta. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a royal nemes headdress and long, plaited false beard. The hands rest on the chest, right above left, holding implements of field work. The right holds a small hoe,...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 1917: 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: 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 26.5 x 8.7 x 5.3 cm (10 7/16 x 3 7/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes