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Fragments of shawabtys of Queen Tabiry

This is a box of fragments of shawabtys belonging to Queen Tabiry, wife of King Piye (Piankhy). It consists of 89 head/shoulder and head fragments, one of which is in two pieces and one in three pieces. When complete, the female figure has a tripartite wig with no uraeus. She wears a long sheath...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku. 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry ).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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.) Smallest: 1 cm (3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes