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Shawabty fragment of Queen Malenaken

This is a leg fragment of a shawabty of Queen Malenaken. There are 4 framed horizontal lines of text encircling the body and one framed column of text up the front of the figure. The text is painted black. Some green glaze remains. The faience is red-bodied. The object was broken in 2 pieces...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Meroe Beg. S 82 (tomb of queen Malenaken) grave. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 568–542 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 5.3 x 3 cm (2 1/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes