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Shawabty fragments of unidentified queen ?

This is a box of six small shawabty fragments, Illegible inscription in black on back. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian shawabtys, but differ from them in many features of their...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 84 (tomb of unidentified queen ?) stair, upper 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 750–270 B.C.


Beg. South, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 3.7 x 2.5 cm (1 7/16 x 1 in.) Smallest: 1 x 0.3 cm (3/8 x 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes