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Shawabty fragment

This is a torso and upper leg fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified king or queen. Although found in Nu 61 it does not match the other shawabtys from that tomb and is intrusive. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri found in Nu 61 (tomb of an unkown queen) but is intrusive. 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: 5.2 x 2 cm (2 1/16 x 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes