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Shawabty

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 unframed 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...

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Provenance

From Giza Avenue G 2. 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.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

25.5294

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes