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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

This is a shawabty of an unknown Queen. The female figure wears a tripartite wig with uraeus. The arms are not crossed, the hands are held right above left. In each hand the figure holds a hoe. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The face and uraeus are very worn. The...

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From Nuri, Pyramid 30 (tomb of Unidentified Queen). 1918: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Karkamani, 519–510 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes