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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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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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes