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Shawabty fragment

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified king or queen. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. Here the hands are opposed and the arms are not crossed. One hoe is held in the right hand resting on the right shoulder and the left hand holds a cord to a...

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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, 750–270 B.C.


Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 2.4 x 3 cm (15/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes