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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 supports a basket on her head with the left hand and holds a hoe on the right shoulder with the right hand. The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The shawabty is...

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Provenance

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

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.13745

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes