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Shawabty of unidentified queen

These are six fragments of shawabtys belonging to an unidentified queen. There are three heads, one set of hands with a whip, and one head and shoulder broken into two pieces. When complete, this type consists of a foreman shawabty figure wearing a tripartite wig painted black but has no kilt or...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 21 (tomb of unidentified queen), in the debris of the enclosure around the chapel. 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 largest: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.) Overall smallest: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes