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Shawabty fragment of unidentified queen

This is a head and torso fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified queen. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The object was broken in 2 pieces and is now mended. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Meroe Beg S 49 (tomb of unidentified queen) debris of grave. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani or Aspelta, 623–568 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 6.5 x 4.2 cm (2 9/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes