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Fragments of a shawabty of an unidentified Queen

These are three torso and leg fragments of a shawabty of an unidentified queen. They are very worn, and have no identifying features. There is no back pillar. One piece is encrusted with red mud. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270...

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From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, pyramid 6. 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 Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani, 664–653 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: Largest 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.) Overall: Smallest 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes