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Inscribed. Same as 56.1295 (?). 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 expressed purpose was sometimes written on the...

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

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Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Late Period, 664–332 B.C.

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes