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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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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.


Nubia (Sudan)


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.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes