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Shawabty of Queen Henutirdis

This is a torso and legs fragment of a shawabty of Queen Henutirdis. When complete this type consists of the following: 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...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 34 (tomb of Queen Henutirdis). 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 Harsiyotef, 404–396 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 5.9 x 2.7 cm (2 5/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.15922

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes