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It consists of the middle section of shawabty. On the front is shown the beard, wig lappets, crossed hands holding implements. On the back there is a seed bag and a hieroglyphic inscription on the back pillar. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically...

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From Giza, Egypt, in radim of top of mastaba G 7350, 1927 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition



Giza, Egypt


Overall: 3.1 x 4.7 x 1.7 cm (1 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed faience


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes