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Fragment of shawabty of Queen Khensa ?

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty probably of Queen Khensa. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard, though only the neds of the beard and lappets are present. The shawabty is uninscribed. There is no back pillar. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, found in Ku. 10 (tomb of unidentified ruler), debris of foundation of pyramid and enclosing wall but originally from Ku. 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession Date: Apr-04-2007)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C. ?


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes