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Shawabty of Queen Masalaye

This is a group of forty-nine shawabty fragments belonging to Queen Masalaye. It includes sixteen back fragments and thirty-three torso fragments of which one is in four pieces, one is in two pieces, one is in three pieces, and one is in two pieces with large crumbs. When complete, the female...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 23 (tomb of Queen Masalaye). 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 the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken, 643–623 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall largest: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.) Overall smallest: 1 cm (3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes