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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

This is a leg and foot fragment of a shawabty (type c) belonging to an unidentified queen. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The object is half molded with a flat dressed back. The object is very worn. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys...

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From Nubia (sudan) el-Kurru, Pyramid 72. 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 Shebitka, 698–690 B.C.

Object Place

Nubia, Sudan

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes