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Shawabty of Queen Nasalsa

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Nasalsa. The female figure wears the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. This is the only shawabty from this tomb with the vulture head intact. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. There are typically seven horizontal...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nasalsa). 1918: 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.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.14538

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes