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Shawabty fragments

This is a tray of shawabty fragments belonging to an unidentified king or queen. It contains 3 feet, 3 legs with feet, and 7 leg fragments. 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...

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Provenance

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. This object was found in a tray with a card reading "Faience obejcts including shawabtis mostly from Gebel Barkal, some with no numbers which could be from Nuri, Kurru, Kerma or Barkal."

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 750–270 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Largest: 5.2 x 2.3 cm (2 1/16 x 7/8 in.) Smallest: 2 x 2.1 cm (13/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.16652

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes