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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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Provenance

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.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

17-12-132

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes