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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: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.12510

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 head and feet are missing. No wigline is present but it is possible that the object is broken off below the point at which the wigline would have been visible.

Provenance

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