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Shawabty of Queen Neferu (Nofru) with miniature coffin

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This set consists of: (a) a wax funerary figurine of a woman with an associated miniature wooden coffin (b) and lid (c). They were made for Queen Nofru (Neferu), wife of King (Nebheptre) Mentuhotep II. The wax figurine is somewhat crudely carved, wearing a tripartite wig. Arms are held at...

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From Deir el-Bahari, Tomb of Queen Neferu (Nofru). 1923-1924: Excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) Expedition; assigned to the MMA by the government of Egypt in the division of finds. Received by exchange from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. (Accession Date: August 12, 1937)

Credit Line

Recieved from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by exchange

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11, reign of Mentuhotep II, 2061–2010 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Thebes (Deir el-Bahri), Egypt


Length (a) Figurine: 8.1 cm (3 3/16 in.) Length x width (b) coffin: 18.4 x 4.9 cm (7 1/4 x 1 15/16 in.) Length x width (c) lid: 18.4 x 4.9 cm (7 1/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wax, wood, linen


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes