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Shawabty of Queen Naparaye

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

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


Overall: 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


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 facial features are worn. In Photo C 8858 the object is in two pieces. At present, the foot fragment is not located.


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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition