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Shawabty of Queen Atakhebasken

This is a head and torso fragment of a shawabty of Queen Atakhebasken. When complete this type consists of the following: The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. Here the hands are opposed and the arms are not crossed. In each hand the figure holds a hoe. In...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 36 (tomb of Queen Atakhebasken) 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 Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 5.7 x 3 cm (2 1/4 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes