Shawabty of Queen Nasalsa
Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 24
Overall: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This is a head and torso fragment of a shawabty belonging to Queen Nasalsa. When complete, this type consists of a female figure wearing the queen’s vulture headdress over the tripartite wig. The vulture’s head is broken off. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar or base. There are typically seven horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body but none remain as the object was broken at the first register line. 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 the right hand the figure holds a whip or flail and the left hand holds a short, straight stick. There is no seedbag. There are small chips on the back of the wig.
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