User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Shawabty of Queen Nefrukekashta

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Nefrukekashta. The female figure wears a tripartite wig with uraeus. There is one badly worn unframed column of text painted in black on the front of the figure. When legible, the text reads "Osiris Nefrukekashta." This mummiform shape does not have a back...

Show Full Description


From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, Pyramid 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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 Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes