Shawabty of Queen Nasalsa
Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 24
Overall without head: 17 cm (6 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This is a shawabty belonging to Queen Nasalsa. The object was broken in one large piece and fifteen small pieces and is not mended. The head and one lappet are broken into the fifteen small pieces. The female figure wears the queen’s vulture headdress over the tripartite wig but the vulture’s head is broken off. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. There are seven horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body. The text is framed and there is a narrow blank area up the center of the back. The text is painted black. Here the hands are opposed and the arms are not crossed. In each hand the figure holds a hoe. In addition the left hand holds a cord to a seed bag which is slung over the left shoulder.
From Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nasalsa). 1918: 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