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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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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 568–542 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

21-3-175

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes