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Shawabty

Details not clear. Pillar at back and base under feet. 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...

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Credit Line

Gift of John Ellerton Lodge

Egyptian,

Dimensions

7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.22.33

Medium or Technique

Deep blue glaze, Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes