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This is a the legs of a shawabty which dates to the Late Period. There is one framed column of incised text on the front of the figure. The back of the legs is flattened and there is no back pillar. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in...

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From Giza, Rock-cut tomb G 7819 debris. 1929: 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: 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes