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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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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka–Tanwetamani, 698–653 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


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.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes