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Shawabty of Queen Atasamale

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Atasamale. The figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus and has a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above left. One hoe is...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 61 (tomb of Queen Atasamale). 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 Harsiotef, King Harsiotef 397–362 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 10.9 x 2.9 cm (4 5/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.16445

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes