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Shawabty of Princess Mernua

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Mernua. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above left. The right hand holds a hoe and the left holds a cord and a plain seed bag. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 85 (tomb of queen Mernua) around walls of room on N, W and S. 1923: 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 Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes