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Shawabty of Queen Asata

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Asata. The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. There are generally 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...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 42 (tomb of Queen Asata). 1918: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of King Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: est. 18 x est. 4.5 cm (est. 7 1/16 x est. 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.16092

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes