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Shawabty fragment of unidentified queen

This is a leg fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified queen. There are three framed horizontal lines of black painted text encircling the body and one vertical column of text up the center of the front. It is made of red-bodied faience. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 88 (tomb of an unidentified queen) 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 698–664 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 4.2 x 3.3 cm (1 5/8 x 1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes