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Shawabty fragments of unidentified queen ?

These are 2 joining shawabty fragments belonging to an unidentified queen (?) One is the left side of the face and arm and the other the right shoulder and part of the torso. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe S hill top near Beg. S. 84 (tomb of unidentified queen ?) surface debris under block rocks. 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.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 7 x 5 cm (2 3/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes