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Shawabty of Queen Khensa

This is a group of 52 fragments of shawabtys of Queen Khensa, daughter of Kashta, sister-wife of Piankhy. The shawabty is uninscribed. No hands or implements are depicted. There are 52 body torsos of which one is in four pieces and one is in two pieces. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa), chamber debris. 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession Date: September 5, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: Largest 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.) Overall: Smallest 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

19-4-204.3

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes