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Shawabty of Queen Maletasen

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Maletasen. The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. There are four visible horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a line up the center of the back. The text is painted...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 39 (tomb of Queen Maletasen) Room B. 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 Amtalqa, 568–553 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 12 x 6 cm (4 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes