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Shawabty

Whip and hoe? Inscription in black down front. Pillar at back. 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...

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Inscription

Inscription in black down front.

Credit Line

Gift of John Ellerton Lodge

Egyptian,

Dimensions

11.9 cm (4 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.22.26

Medium or Technique

Blue glazed faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes