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Shawabty fragment

This is a leg and foot fragment of a shawabty. There is one framed column of text painted in black on the front of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The fragment has a turquiose glaze. Stylistically this fragment appears to be from Egypt dating tok the New...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal B 503. 1919: 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

Egyptian, New Kingdom, 1550–1070 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 5.8 x 2.8 cm (2 5/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes