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Shawabty

Uninscribed. Pottery. R. B. W. Female. Hands on breast. No implements. End of wig and base chipped. 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...

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Provenance

From Giza, Room G 7524 a, debris, 1928: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. March, 1928

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Accession Number

29.1861

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes