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Shawabty of queen Mernua

This is a shawabty of Queen Mernua. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. There is 1 line of incised text up the center of the front. The text is framed and there is a narrow blank area up the center of the back. The object was broken in 3 pieces and is not mended. This mummiform shape does...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 85 (tomb of queen Mernua). 1923: 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 Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 14 x 4.7 cm (5 1/2 x 1 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes