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Shawabty

Blue glazed faience shawabty. 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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Provenance

Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt. 1962: Accepted by the MFA; 1969: Arrived at the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt

Egyptian, Late Period, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Egypt

Accession Number

RES.62.93

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes