Shawabty of Queen Naparaye
Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 3, from debris in Chambers A and B
Overall: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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 and there is a wigline visible on the back. Here, the fragment is missing its head and feet and only possible traces of the right lappet remain. A wigline is present, but it cuts straight across the back and unlike others of this type, does not angle up at the sides.
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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition