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Shawabty of Queen Maleteral II

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Maleteral II. When complete, the female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. However, here the head of the vulture is broken off. There are eight horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and...

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From Nuri, pyramid 25 (tomb of Queen Maletaral II): 1917: 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 King Amani-natake-lebte, 538–519 B.C.

Object Place

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes