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Shawabty of Queen Maletasen

This is a box containing five legs and feet fragments of shawabtys of Queen Maletasen. When complete this type consists of the following: The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. There are generally six horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body....

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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)


Largest fragment: Overall: 6.5 x 3.8 cm (2 9/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes