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Shawabty of queen Mernua

This is a shawabty of Queen Mernua. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above left. One hoe is held in the right hand resting on the left shoulder and the left hand holds a cord to a small basket slung over the right shoulder. The...

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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: longest 2.2 x 1.8 cm (7/8 x 11/16 in.) Overall: shortest 0.2 x 0.2 cm (1/16 x 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes