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Fragment of shawabty

Legs and base fragment of shawabty, no pedestal or pilaster. Traces of cloth wrapped around fraont (from mold?), violet glaze, hard 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...

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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

2.7 x 0.9 cm (1 1/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

25.3004

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes