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Shawabty fragment

This is a torso and legs fragment of a shawabty. There are 4 1/2 framed horizontal lines of text encircling the body meeting at one framed column of vertical text on the front of the figure. The text is painted black. The object was broken in 2 pieces and is not mended. The ancient Nubians...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal B 510. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 1550–1070 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 9.2 x 4 cm (3 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes