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KING SENKAMANISKEN's TEN OUSHEBTIOUS (No. 232 à 241)

H: 17,7cm à 17,9cm. Earthenware.
643 - 623 av. J.C. - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


1277 oushebtiou (figurines of servants) were discovered in the pyramid of this king, Taharqa's grandson, close to Napata. These items, of excellent quality, superimpose a typically African face on the traditional Egyptian mummy. The figurines, which supposedly come to life in the darkness of the tomb, are covered in magic scripts which give life to these servants of the dead when recited. You can recognize the cartouche of Senkamanisken in the second line.


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