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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

This is a shawabty of an unknown Queen. The female figure wears a tripartite wig with uraeus. The arms are not crossed, the hands are held right above left. In each hand the figure holds a hoe. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. "XXX" is written in black ink on the back of...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 30 (tomb of unknown Queen). 1918: 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 Karkamani, 519–510 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 14.5 x 4.6 cm (5 11/16 x 1 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes