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Shawabty of unidentified queen

These are four fragments of a shawabty of an unidentified queen. When complete, this type consists of a male figure wearing a tripartite wig and a long beard. The hands are opposed and the arms are not crossed. The left hand holds a hoe and the right hand holds an unknown, three-dimensional,...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 21 (tomb of unidentified queen), stairs. 1917: 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 Anlamani, 623–593 B.C. (?)


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall largest: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.) Overall smallest: 1 cm (3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes