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Shawabty of Queen Qalhata

This is a box of 10 shawabty fragments of Queen Qalhata, sister-wife of Shebitka, mother of Tanwetamani. There are five heads, two torsos, two legs, and one leg and foot fragment. There are also many tiny fragments and debris. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in 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–Tanwetamani, 698–653 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall Largest: 6.4 x 4.6 cm (2 1/2 x 1 13/16 in.) Overall Smallest: 3.4 x 3.5 cm (1 5/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

19-4-205.1

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes