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Fragment of head of shawabty

This is a fragment of head: Shawabti, flat back, worn, mid-navel white paste. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a proxy for the deceased when called upon to tend to field labor or other tasks. This...

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, 7050 offering room. 1926 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian,

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 2.4 x 2 cm (15/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

26-1-852

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes