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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

This is a shawabty from the tomb of an unidentified queen(?). The male shawabty figure wears the king's nemes headdress with uraeus long beard. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The shawabty is uninscribed. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 2 (tomb of an 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, Late Napatan Period, 362–342 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.12880

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes