Shawabty of King Taharqa
Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1, A VII 5
Overall: 29.4 x 9.9 cm (11 9/16 x 3 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Green magnesite-containing rock
Not On View
This is a shawabty belonging to King Taharqa. The figure wears a bulging bag (khat) headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. Here the hands are opposed resting on the chest. In each hand the figure holds a hoe and a cord to a small bag slung over each shoulder. The hoe on the right has a narrow blade and the one on the left has a broad blade. The seed bags are incised with diagonal crossed lines forming a diamond pattern. There are nine horizontal lines of incised unframed text on the front of body which do not extend to the back of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. There is a scrape on the those. There are traces of red iron oxide as well.
From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa) A VII 5. 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 the Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition