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Shawabty fragment

This is a shawabty fragment of an unidentified king or queen. It consists of a torso broken into 2 pieces and some very small chips. There are 3 lines of text. Although found in Nu 7 it does not match the other shawabtys in this tomb and is intrusive. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri , found in Nu 7 (tomb of Karkamani) but is intrusive. Most were found in Room C on the floor, but some were found on the stairs and in Rooms A and B. 1917: 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.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 6.9 x 4 cm (2 11/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes