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This is a torso to base fragment fragment of a shawabty which dates to the Late Period. The object was broken in three pieces and is now mended. There are four incised columns of text, two on the front and one on each side. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended...

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From Egypt,Giza, Pit G 7915 A, debris of pit. 1930: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes