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Shawabty

This is a fragment of the leg portion of a shawabty which dates to the Late Period. The front of the legs is worn away and damaged. There are traces of hieroglyphs on the front of the legs. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the...

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Provenance

From Giza, G Street 7000. 1926: 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: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.2061

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes