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This is a fragment of a foot of a shawabty. As is typical for the Third Intermediate Period, there is no back pillar or base. On this fragment there are no details and no text. The surface is black and the left side of the foot is broken. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine...

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From Giza, S of Pyr. I-a. 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: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes