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Shawabty of Queen Atmataka

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Atmataka. The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. There are eight 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. This mummiform shape...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, Pyramid 55 (tomb of Queen Atmataka). 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of King Amtalqa, 568–555 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes