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Shawabty fragments

This object consists of 4 unidentifiable shawabty fragments. The Object Register says "Small fragment of head of shawabty" but this does not appear to match this object. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Meroe Beg. S. 134 washed debris in chamber. 1921: 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, reign of Piankhy or Shabaka, 743–698 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 1.7 x 1.2 cm (11/16 x 1/2 in.) Smallest: 0.4 x 0.3 cm (3/16 x 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes