Shawabty of Queen Maleteral II
Napatan Period, reign of King Amani-natake-lebte
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 25
Overall: 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This is a shawabty of Queen Maleteral II. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. When complete, the female figure wears the queen’s vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. However, here the head of the vulture is broken off. There are seven horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a single vertical line up the center of the back dividing the back of the text. There is unframed text around the base of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. The arms are not crossed, the hands are positioned right above left. In each hand the figure holds a hoe. In addition the left hand holds a cord to a seed bag which is slung over the left shoulder. The vulture head is chipped off. The face and hands as well as the torso are almost completely worn off. There is a chip at the right front corner of the base.
From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 25 (tomb of Queen Maleteral II). 1917: 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition