Calcite shabti of Taharqo: of exceptionally large size. The reliance on older models is apparent in the text of the shabti spell, inscribed around the king's body. It is based on much earlier versions, with unusually full wording in place of the abbreviated texts that had been in fashion in the Third Intermediate Period.
- Excavated/Findspot: Nuri, Pyramid of Taharqo
- (Africa,Sudan,Nuri (Nubia))
- Height: 33.5 centimetres
D. Dunham, ‘The Royal Cemeteries of Kush’ II (Boston 1950-1963);
D. Dunham, 'Nuri' (Boston, 1955), 10, fig. 197, pl. CXL;
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pp. 230-1, pl. on p. 230.
Exhibited: 2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt 2011 Jul–Sept, Newcastle, Great North Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2012 Oct–Jan, Dorchester, Dorset County Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2012 Feb–June, Leeds City Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2012 Jul-Oct, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2012 Nov– Feb 2013, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2013 Mar–Aug, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery , Pharaoh: King of Egypt
5 July 1991
Reason for treatment
Remove number from front and re-apply to back. Light clean. Surface colour fillet and paint base.
The stone is in sound condition and free from active decay. The surface is rather dirty. The museum number is painted directly across the chest of the object. The base is painted a dirty blue.
The surface of the object was cleaned with distilled water/white spirit and synperonic N on cotton wool swabs. This was rinsed with acetone on cotton wool swabs.The museum number was removed with acetone on cotton wool swabs and paited on the back with acrylic paints. The base was re-painted using matt vinyl emulsion.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
Calcite shabti of Taharka: of exceptionally large size. The reliance on older models is apparent in the text of the shabti spell, inscribed around the king's body. It is based on much earlier versions, with unusually full wording in place of the abbreviated texts that had been in fashion in the Third Intermediate Period.
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: YCA65594
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.