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Web of Art 15: African Interactions

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T. Pyramid of King Aspelta. model B. Ushabtis from tomb of King Taharqa.
7th- 6th c BCE Nubian Kushite Sculpture

KUSHITE Anonymous (c. 900 BCE - 2nd c BCE) Primary
c. 690 c BCE- 600 BCE
7th- 6th c BCE
Pyramid. Ushabti
Nuri. Pyramid #NU8.Sudan.
Boston. Museum of Fine Arts.
As the heirs of the pharaohs the Kushite kings had themselves buried in Egyptian style, constructing large pyramids, like the model we see on the top. Although not as large as those constructed by the Old Kingdom pharaohs, they were truly impressive constructions, and were pitched at a steeper angle than the Old Kingdom examples. The Kushite kings adopted the custom of including what are known as "ushabti" figures, which could serve as doubles for the king and accept his spirit. The powerful King Taharqa had over 1070 stone ushabtis created for his tomb. They are elegant stone figures, more expensive than the fiance that was customarily used in Egypt. Some almost two feet high, each with the features of the pharaoh clearly carved. We see examples of a few of them on the bottom.

Caption: KUSHITE| T. Pyramid of King Aspelta. model B. Ushabtis from tomb of King Taharqa |7th c BCE- 6th c BCE | Nubian |
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