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Shawabty fragments

These are 2 feet fragments of shawabtys of an unidentified king or queen. They are very worn. One has an indentation under the base. 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,...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal B 900 ex 2 debris. 1920: 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

Gebel Barkal, Nubia, (Sudan)

Dimensions

2.6 x 2.4 x 2.0 cm (1 x 15/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.2185

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes