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Shawabty of an unknown queen

This is a shawabty belonging to an unidentified queen. The female figure wears a bag wig. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar, though it does have a base. Here the hands are opposed and the arms are not crossed. One hoe is held in the left hand and rests...

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From Nuri , Pyramid 77 (tomb of an unknown queen), N.M. 7. 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani, 664–653 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes