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Shawabty fragments of Queen Seshena

This is a tray of shawabty fragments belonging to Queen Seshena. When cmoplete, the female figure wears a tripartite wig. There is one framed column of incised text on the front of the figure and another on the back. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned left above right. One hoe is...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 132 (tomb of Queen Seshena). 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, reign of Queen Seshena, 653–623 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 3.1 x 2.1 cm (1 1/4 x 13/16 in.) Smallest: 1.4 x 1.5 cm (9/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes