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Shawabty of Queen Asata

This is a box of about one hundred fragments of a shawabty of Queen Asata. When complete this type consists of the following: The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. There are generally eight horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is...

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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.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest fragment: Overall: 5.5 x 3 cm (2 3/16 x 1 3/16 in.) Smallest fragment: Overall: 0.04 x 0.2 cm (1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes