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Foreman shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy)

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This is a fragment of a foreman shawabty of King Piye (Piankhy). The fragment extends from the waist to the knees. The left leg is advancing and the right hand is held straight down at the side. The two fragments in the photograph do not join and do not belong together. The ancient Nubians...

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From el-Kurru, Ku.17 (tomb of Piye/Piankhy), thieve's debris, burial door block. 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 3.4 x 1.6 cm (1 5/16 x 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes