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Fragment of shawabty

Head fragment of shawabty, female, same mold as 25-12-483?. Molded, retouched, back finger-dressed, black marks on top. 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...

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Provenance

From Giza, Avenue 3, black debris. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 1.7 x 1.2 cm (11/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

25.3003

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes