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Ushabti of King Taharqa

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Taharqa was one of the rulers of the Nubian Kingdom of Napata who also ruled Egypt in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty (circa 760–656 c.e.). Having conquered Egypt, the Nubian royal family adopted many Egyptian customs. Shabtis are funerary figures intended to do the agricultural work the gods might require of the deceased.
CULTURE Nubian
MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
DATES ca. 1075-656 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 25
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 13 1/8 x 4 3/16 x depth at base 2 7/16 in. (33.3 x 10.7 x 6.2 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 39.4
CREDIT LINE By exchange
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large alabaster ushabti of Tirhaqa (688-663 BC). The figure is made of an extremely beautiful alabaster which appears different form that usually found in Egypt, the veining being much less pronounced. The figure is of exactly the same type as 39.2. Condition: Workmanship excellent. There are several deposits and stains on the back apparently caused by water.
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