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Shawabty of Queen Khensa

This is a group of 72 fragments of shawabtys of Queen Khensa, daughter of Kashta, sister-wife of Piankhy. There are 72 feet of which two are in two pieces. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based...

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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 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.) Overall: Smallest 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

19-4-204.8

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes