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Shawabty of Queen Khensa

This is a group of 50 fragments of shawabtys of Queen Khensa, daughter of Kashta, sister-wife of Piankhy. There are 50 feet. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian shawabtys, but...

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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 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.) Overall: Smallest 0.8 cm (5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes