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Shawabty of Queen Khensa

This is a group of 14 fragments of shawabtys of Queen Khensa, daughter of Kashta, sister-wife of Piankhy. There are 14 indeterminate fragments. There is also a box of about 100 chips(all smaller than 2 cm). The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about...

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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: Largest 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.) Overall: Smallest 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes