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This mummiform shawabty has a tripartite wig and a long plain beard. The arms are crossed and hands opposed. The tools are modeled in low relief or outlined by an incised line. The right hand holds a large hoe and a cord to small seed bag slung over the back of the left shoulder. The left hand...

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From Giza Pit G 7511 A, chamber H, N gebel grave in floor, [debris in rock-cut coffin]. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston 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

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 13.8 x 4.6 x 3.8 cm (5 7/16 x 1 13/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes