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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. On the front the beard is plaited. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a...

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Street G 7700 on top of mastaba G 7554. 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 26–30, 664–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.1711

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes