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Shawabty fragment

This is a torso fragment of an unidentified king or queen. It has a back pillar. Although found in Nu 1, it does not match the other shawabtys from Nu 1 and is intrusive. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, found in Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa) but is intrusive. 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: 4.5 x 2.5 cm (1 3/4 x 1 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes