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Shawabty

Mummiform, hands crossed right over left, holding implements. Inscribed with chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. Same as 56.1279 and 56.1294. 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

Luigi Vassalli Collection (d. 1887); Horace L. Mayer Collection, by 1956; gift of Horace L. Mayer, 1956.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

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

Accession Number

56.1280

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes