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Shawabty fragment

This is a legs and feet fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified king or queen. The object was broken in 2 pieces and is not mended. 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...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal B 600. 1916: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 750–270 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 7.4 x 3.1 cm (2 15/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes