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Shawabty of Queen Atmataka

This is a fragment of a shawabty belonging to Queen Atmataka. The front of torso and head only remain. The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above left. In each hand the figure holds a hoe. In...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, found in Pyramid 25 but originally from 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Amtalqa, 568–553 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 7.4 x 4.2 cm (2 15/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.16307

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes