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Shawabty fragments

This is a tray of 42 fragments of shawabtys. Included are a head fragment and a foot fragment. There are traces of a worn text in black including framed horizontal registers of text encircling the body and a vertical register up the front. There is no back pillar or base. The Object Register...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S 42 (tomb of an unidentified queen) under stones of surface debris. 1921: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 750–270 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 4.7 x 3.3 cm (1 7/8 x 1 5/16 in.) Smallest: 0.5 x 0.4 cm (3/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes