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Shawabty of Queen Naparaye

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
690–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 3, from debris in Chambers A and B

Dimensions

Overall: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.12508

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Shawabties and shawabty boxes

This is a shawabty found in the tomb of Queen Naparaye, daughter of Piankhy, wife of Taharqa. The shawabty is uninscribed. This mummiforn shape does not have a back pillar or base. Features such as the calfs, knees and hips are shaped. No hands or implements are depicted. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. There is no wigline visible. The object was broken in three pieces and is not mended. A big chip is missing from the left side of the torso. The face is caked with dirt.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 3 (tomb of Queen Naparaye), from debris in Chambers A and B. Possibly intrusive from Pyramid 4. 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