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Shawabty of Queen Nasalsa

These are approximately fifty-one pieces of a shawabty belonging to Queen Nasalsa including two joining foot and leg fragments. When complete, this type consists of a female figure wearing the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Nuri, Pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nasalsa).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 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: 0.9 cm (3/8 in.) Overall largest: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes