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Shawabty of an unidentified queen

This is a tray containing twenty-two fragments and one box of thirty fragments of shawabtys of an unidentified queen. When complete this type consists of the following: The female figure wears a tripartite wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar. The...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 46 (tomb of 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 Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of King Nasakhma, 458–453 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Largest fragment: Overall: 5.4 x 3.5 cm (2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in.) Smallest fragment: Overall: 1.5 x 0.7 cm (9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.16128

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes