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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

This is a shawabty belonging to an unidentified queen. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. There is no uraeus and no beard. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The shawabty is uninscribed. No hands or implements...

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From el-Kurru, pyramid 62. 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 Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka, 712–698 B.C.

Object Place

Nubia, Sudan

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes