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Shawabty of Queen Tabiry

This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Tabiry, wife of King Piye (Piankhy). This foreman shawabty figure has a long beard and wears a tripartite wig and a short pleated kilt. He holds a whip in his right hand. There is no back pillar but there is a base. This object consists of 4 large fragments,...

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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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Head: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.) Lower portion overall: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes