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Shawabty of Queen Khensa

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa), chamber debris


Overall: 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

This is a shawabty of Queen Khensa, daughter of Kashta, sister-wife of Piankhy. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. The shawabty is uninscribed. The object was broken in two pieces and is not mended. This mummiforn shape does not have a back pillar or base. No hands or implements are depicted. The back is flat and there is no wig line. The feet are missing.


From Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa), chamber debris. 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 Sudan.

(Accession Date: May 21, 2007)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition