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Shawabty

This is a head and shoulders fragment of a shawabty which dates to the Third Intermediate Period. The fillet and strap on the right shoulder are painted black. There is a chip missing from the back of the head. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically...

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Provenance

From Giza, Street G 7400, debris. 1927 : 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, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24, 1070–712 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

27.2237

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes