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Shawabty fragments of unidentified queen

These are shawabty fragments belonging to an unidentified queen. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The seedbag is over the left shoulder. This is one tray contains nineteen fragments and thirteen chips. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period,...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 214 (tomb of unidentified queen) debris of grave. 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, reign of Shebitka or Taharqa, 698–664 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 6.8 x 4.3 cm (2 11/16 x 1 11/16 in.) Smallest: 1.1 x 0.9 cm (7/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes