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This is a fragment of the lower torso and foot of a shawabty. It has text written in black in a vertical column down the front of the torso. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a proxy for the deceased...

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From Giza, Avenue G 1, debris from boat pit N of subsidiary pyramid G I-b (G I-a boat pit). 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.

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, 1186–1070 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes