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Large Ushabti of Taharqa

Kushite royal artisans created images that simultaneously incorporated elements of Egyptian iconography and emphasized their subjects' non-Egyptian origin. Thus while this shabti, or funerary figure, shows Taharqa holding traditional Egyptian agricultural implements and reproduces the text of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead as had been done for centuries, the style of the piece, especially the round face and broad nose, is typically Kushite.


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