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 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...

Show Full Description

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

21.13964

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes