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Shawabty fragment

This is a fragment of a shawabty comprising the bottom back of a wig of an unidentified king or queen. As the three other shawabty fragments found in this tomb were intrusive, it is likely that this one is as well. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, found in pyramid 37 (tomb of an unkown queen) but is intrusive. 1917: 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.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 2.5 x 3.4 cm (1 x 1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes