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Shawabty amulets

This is a group of four small broken shawabty amulets from same mold as 25-12-369. 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....

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Street 7000, black debris. 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: 2.7 x 0.8 cm (1 1/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

26-1-4

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes