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Head of shawabty

This is a shawabty of an unidentified queen. The female figure wears a bag wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. One hoe is held in the right hand resting on the left shoulder and the left hand holds a cord to a small bag slung over the right...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, B501. 1920: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 720–250 B.C.

Findspot

Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 3.6 x 3.8 x 2.2 cm (1 7/16 x 1 1/2 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.2311

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes