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Shawabty fragment

This is a head fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified king or queen. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. There is a uraeus on crown. The face is finely detailed and it is green glazed. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period,...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, B 700. 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, 750–270 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia, (Sudan)


Overall: 2.8 x 2.8 cm (1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes