Shawabty of King Tanwetamani
Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 16 (tomb of King Tanwetamani), debris
Overall: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This is a shawabty belonging to King Tanwetamani. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar but does have a small base. Here the hands are opposed and the arms are not crossed. In each hand t he figure holds a hoe. In addition the left hand holds a cord to a seed bag which is slung over the left shoulder.
The inscription is unusual in that there are 16 different short vertical lines of text on these shawabtys. Together the 16 lines form a complete shawabty spell. The number written in black on the bottom of the foot on some of these shawabtys was assigned by Reisner and refers to the line of text of the shawabty spell.
From el-Kurru, Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani), debris. 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition