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Shawabty fragment

Third Intermediate Period
1550–1070 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, B 503


Overall: 5.8 x 2.8 cm (2 5/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

This is a leg and foot fragment of a shawabty. There is one framed column of text painted in black on the front of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The fragment has a turquiose glaze. Stylistically this fragment appears to be from Egypt dating to the Third Intermediate Period but it was found in this Nubian temple context.


From Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal B 503. 1919: 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