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Shawabty fragment

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified king or queen. The arms are crossed. Although found in Nu 23 it does not match the other shawabtys in that tomb and is intrusive. It was found with a tag saying "Nuri 19?" but does not look like it belongs with those shawabtys either....

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, intrusive in Nu 23 (tomb of Queen Masalaye). 1917: 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: 3.3 x 4.3 cm (1 5/16 x 1 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes