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Shawabty fragment

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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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 the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period,


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 7.8 x 3.7 x 2.7 cm (3 1/16 x 1 7/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience black glaze


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes