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Shawabty of Queen Seshena

This is a legs and lower half of torso fragment of a shawabty of Queen Sheshena. When complete this type consists of a female figure wears a tripartite wig. There is one framed column of incised text on the front of the figure and another on the back. The arms are not crossed, the hands are...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, found in Beg. S. 84 but originally from Beg. S. 132 (tomb of Queen Seshena). 1921: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Queen Seshena, 653–623 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 3 x 2.6 cm (1 3/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

21.16634

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes