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Shawabty of Queen Henuttakhbit

This is a shawabty of Queen Henuttakhbit. 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 addition theleft hand holds a cord to a seed bag which is slung...

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From Nuri, found in Pyramid 25, theives debris in Room A, but originally from Pyramid 28 (tomb of Queen Henuttakhabit). 1917: 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 Amani-natake-lebte, 538–519 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes