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Shawabty fragment

This is a small shawabty fragment of an unidentified king or queen. A small amount of black painted text remains on the object. Although it was found in a bag with 17-1-22, it is from a different shawabty type than those fragments and it is not known from which tomb it originated. The ancient...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal. 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, 750–270 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 2.4 x 1.4 cm (15/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes