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Shawabty

This is a torso fragment of a shawabty. It has a mummiform pose with arms crossed right over left and each hand holds a hoe. As is typical for this period, there is no back pillar or base and the hoes are the same size. Implements and details are painted black. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is...

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Provenance

From Giza, debris N of Pyr. I-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, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24, 1070–712 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.5266

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes