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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

This is a shawabty belonging to an unidentified queen. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. No hands or implements are depicted. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. It has a smooth back with no wig line. The foot is missing. The ancient...

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From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku. 62 (tomb of 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, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka, 712–698 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes