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Shawabty of unidentified queen

This is a shawabty belonging to an unidentified queen. The female figure wears a tripartite wig painted black. Both arms are raised and the left arm cosses over the the head to support an unpainted rectangular basket resting on the right shoulder. The shawabty is uninscribed. The face is chipped...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 21 (tomb of unidentified queen), Room A. 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani, 623–593 B.C. (?)


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes