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Shawabty fragments

These are 5 shawabty fragments belonging to an unidentified king or queen. They are uninscribed. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. One hoe is held in the right hand resting on the left shoulder and the left hand holds a cord to a small seed basket slung over the right...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal B 503. 1916: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 750–270 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 6 x 3.7 cm (2 3/8 x 1 7/16 in.) Smallest: 2.1 x 2.3 cm (13/16 x 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes