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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: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.12519

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. This fragment is missing its head and only faint traces of the bottoms of the lappets and tip of the beard remain. There is no wigline visible. 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. 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