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Shawabty of fragment of Queen Malenaken

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty of Queen Malenaken. A hoe is visible on the right side. There is no seed bag on the back. The glaze is turquiose. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 82 (tomb of Queen Malenaken) debris of 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 568–542 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 5.1 x 4.9 cm (2 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes