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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: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.12511

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Shawabties and shawabty boxes

This is a shawabty 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 female figure wears a tripartite wig of which only part of the left lappet remains. A wigline is visible on the back. The fragment is missing its head and toes. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended.

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