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Shawabty of Queen Nasalsa

This is a head and torso fragment of a shawabty belonging to Queen Nasalsa. When complete, this type consists of a female figure wearing the queen's vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. The vulture's head is broken off. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. There are...

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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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken, 643–623 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes