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Ushabti of Taharqa

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

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.

CULTURES Nubian; Kushite
MEDIUM Ankerite
  • Place Excavated: Nuri, Sudan (ancient Nubia)
  • DATES ca. 690-664 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 25
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 15 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (40 x 14 x 8.9 cm)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 39.2
    CREDIT LINE By exchange
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large brown granite ushabti of Tirhaqa. The ushabti has bulging headdress, hands are opposite with a hoe in each hand and a cord and basket over each shoulder. Single uraeus on headdress. Inscription runs across front sides. Figure is free standing. Condition: There is a deposit over the front part on the face and base which may be the remains of paint.
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