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Shawabty of unidentified queen

This is a head fragment of a shawabty belonging to an unidentified queen. The female figure wears a bag wig which is painted dark brown. The field number is written in black on the back of the top of the back pillar. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, found in Pyramid 25, but originally from Pyramid 22 (tomb of unidentified queen). 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 Senkamanisken, about 643–623 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes