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Shawabty fragments

This is a tray containing 2 foot fragments with base (one with a raised back pillar, one with a flat back pillar), one leg fragment with a flat back pillar, and one head fragment. The Object Register does not describe these objects under 16-4-177, but each object has this number written on it....

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From Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal B 804. 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: 5 x 2.7 cm (1 15/16 x 1 1/16 in.) Smallest: 2.7 x 2 cm (1 1/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes