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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 is plaited on the front. 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 Giza, Rock-cut tomb G 7822, 1931: 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: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.2015

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes