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Shawabty of Queen Makmale

This is a box of twenty-three separated fragments of shawabtys 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 seven horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, 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.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Largest fragment: Overall: 7.1 x 3.6 cm (2 13/16 x 1 7/16 in.) Smallest Fragment: Overall: 0.25 x 0.6 cm (1/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.16015

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes