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This fragment of a torso of a mummiform shawabty is in the classic Late Period form which is characterized by the back pillar. There is one framed column of incised text on the front of the figure. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the...

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From Giza G 7310-7320: pit G 7310 B. 1924: 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: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes