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Shawabty

Crude shawabty; green faience worn off in parts; damaged; feet missing; inscibed in front (doubtful reading). 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...

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Provenance

1947, gift of Mrs. Walter Atherton, Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 18, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Walter Atherton

Egyptian,

Dimensions

height: .114

Accession Number

RES.47.53

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes