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Shawabty fragment

Top half of shawabty figure. 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 examples are...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal Temple B 500. 1916: 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,


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


6.0 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, blue-green glaze


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes