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Shawabty of Queen Makmale

This is a fragment of text of a shawabty of Queen Makmale. When complete this type consists of the following: The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. There are three visible horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, found in Pyramid 46, but originally from Pyramid 40 (tomb of Queen Makmale). 1918: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 2.6 x 2.9 cm (1 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes