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Shawabty fragment

This is a right rear torso fragment of an unidentified king or queen. There are traces of an inscription in black ink. The object was broken in 2 pieces and is now mended. It was found with a tag that says "fragments no # Senk?" but it does not match Senkamanisken shawabtys. The ancient...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri. 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.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 4.5 x 6.7 cm (1 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes