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Shawabty of Queen Nefrukekashta ?

This is a shawabty most likely belonging to Queen Nefrukekashta. The female figure wears a tripartite wig with a uraeus. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or wig line. Complete examples do not have a base. No hands or implements are depicted. This object is very worn, encrusted...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, found in Ku. 53B (tomb of Queen Tabiry) but likely originally from Ku. 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 1919: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes