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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

This is a shawabty belonging to an unidentified queen. The female figure has a tripartite wig with no uraeus. She wears a long sheath dress with no visible hem line. The arms are held straight down at the sides. The shawabty is half moulded, the backs are plain with some finger impressions, they...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 51 (tomb of Unidentified Queen).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.

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

21.3166

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes