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Shawabty

This is a head and shoulders fragment of a shawabty which dates to the Late Period. There is a seed bag and wig line on the back, the beard on the front of the figure is plaited. The fragment is finely made. There is incised text on the back pillar. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary...

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7757A, room II (enterance hall),from room III (burial Chamber). 1929: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis, 570–526 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.1709

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes