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Fragment of a shawabty of Queen Maletaral

This is a small piece of green faience. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian shawabtys, but differ from them in many features of their iconography. For instance, the known Nubian...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 25 (tomb of Queen Maleteral II). 1917: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of King Amani-natake-lebte, 538–519 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 2 x 2.1 cm (13/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.15623

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes