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Shawabty of Queen Naparaye

These are 28 fragments of shawabty figures found in the tomb of Queen Naparaye, daughter of Piankhy, wife of Taharqa. Thesefragments are uninscribed. This mummiforn shape does not have a back pillar or base. Features such as the calfs, knees and hips are shaped. The fragments consist of: 8...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 3 (tomb of Queen Naparaye), from debris in Chambers A and B. 1919: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall range: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.) to 4.4 cm

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes