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Shawabty of Queen Qalhata

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Qalhata, sister-wife of Shebitka, mother of Tanwetamani. The male figure wears a tripartite wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The arms are crossed and the hands are right over left. In each hand the...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 5 (tomb of Queen Qalhata), general debris. 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 the Sudan. (Accession Date: September 8, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka, 698–690 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.12889

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes