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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

These are 180 miscellaneous fragments of shawabtys belonging to an unidentified queen. They are very worn. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on Egyptian shawabtys, but differ from them in...

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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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka, 698–690 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall Largest: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes