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Shawabty fragment of unidentified queen

This is a foot fragment and a chip of a shawabty of an unidentified queen. There is one vertical line of black text down the front and two framed horizontal lines of black text encircling the body. The faience is red-bodied. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 88 (tomb of an unidentified queen) among coarse debris and black stones. 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, 698–664 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 2.6 x 2.8 cm (1 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes