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Shawabty

This is the lower torso and foot fragment of a shawabty. There is one vertical column of text down the front of the torso. The fragment is tan with dark brown text. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a...

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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, 1295–1186 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 5.1 cm (2 in.)

Accession Number

25.5268

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes