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Shawabty of Queen Masalaye

This is a group of thirty-nine shawabty fragments belonging to Queen Masalaye. It includes thirty-eight leg fragments, of which four are in two pieces, and one back fragment in six joining pieces plus additional crumbs. When complete, the female figure wears a tripartite wig. This mummiform...

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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 smallest: 0.1 cm (1/16 in.) Overall largest: 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes