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Body and head of a small shawabty figure

Blue-green glazed fragment; hands, one above the other, hold (right, upper) a hoe and (left, lower) a cord; no basket shown on the back; wig depicted. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on...

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From Nuri pyramid 51 ( unknown queen), room A. 1917: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, probably 369–353 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Length x width x depth: 4.3 x 3.2 x 1.6 cm (1 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes