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Shawabty of Queen Malaqaye

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Malaqaye. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above left. In each hand the figure holds a hoe. The figure...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 59 (tomb of Queen Malaqaye). 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 Tanwetamani, King Tanwetamani 664–653 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 4.4 x 2.5 cm (1 3/4 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes