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Shawabty fragments of an unidentified queen

These is are 3 fragments of shawabtys of an unidentified queen, comprising 2 heads and one headless torso. When complete, the female figure wears a bag wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. One hoe is held in the right hand resting on the left...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal Temple B 501. 1920: 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.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 5.5 x 4 cm (2 3/16 x 1 9/16 in.) Smallest: 2.8 x 2.6 cm (1 1/8 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes