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Shawabty amulet fragment

One small middle fragment of a crude shwabti amulet similar to 26-1-1208. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a proxy for the deceased when called upon to tend to field labor or other tasks. This...

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Ave. 4, Roman debris and sebakh siftings. 1926: excavated by the Harvard University–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,

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 1.2 cm (7/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

26-2-3

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets