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Shawabty of Queen Masalaye

This is a group of forty-two head fragments, of which three are in two pieces, of shawabtys belonging to Queen Masalaye. When complete, the female figure wears a tripartite wig. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. There are seven horizontal lines of incised text on the back...

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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: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.) Overall largest: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes