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Shawabty fragment of unidentified queen

This is a head fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified queen. It is very worn. The variety of headdress can not be determined. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian shawabtys, but...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 89 floor debris. 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, 750–270 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 6.2 x 3.4 cm (2 7/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21-2-280

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes