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Shawabty

This head and torso fragment of a mummiform shawabty is in the classic Late Period form which is characterized by tripartite wig, long beard. The figure holds the pick on the right shoulder and hoe and cord to a small seed bag on the left. There is incised text on the back pillar of the figure....

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Provenance

From Giza, Between G7330 and 7320, Ave. G-2 . 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, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.5283

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes