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Shawabty fragments

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty of an unidentified king or queen. The object was broken in 2 pieces and is not mended. It has a raised back pillar. There is probably one hoe held in the right hand resting on the left shoulder and a cord to a small bag slung over the right shoulder held in...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, B700 Trench C ? 1916: 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, 750–270 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia, (Sudan)


Overall: 4.7 x 3.9 cm (1 7/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes