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Shawabty of unidentified queen

These are seven back and leg fragments of shawabtys of an unknown queen. Some have indications of black painted inscription. The faience is red-bodied. The ancient Nubians included shawabtys in their tombs only in the Napatan Period, about 750–270 B.C. These funerary figurines are based on...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Meroe Beg. S. 88 (tomb of an unidentified queen) debris of pit. 1921: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 698–664 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Largest: 3.7 x 2.2 cm (1 7/16 x 7/8 in.) Smallest: 2.1 x 1.2 cm (13/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes