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This is a lower torso and foot fragment of a shawabty. The fragmentary text is written in black in one vertical column down the front of the figure. 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...

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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, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24, 1070–712 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes