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Shawabty of Queen Tabiry

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Tabiry, wife of King Piye (Piankhy). The female figure has a tripartite wig with no uraeus. She wears a long sheath dress with no visible hem line. The arms with open hands are held straight down at the sides. There is no back pillar or base. The figure is...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku. 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes