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Shawabty of Queen Akheqa

This is a shawabty of Queen Akheqa. The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. There are seven horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a narrow blank area up the center of the back. The text is painted black. Here...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 38 (tomb of Queen Akheqa). 1917: 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 Aramatelka, 568–555 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes