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Shawabty attributed to Hetepef-Hesu(?)

This is a head and torso fragment of a shawabty which dates to the Late Period. The shawabty fragments are uninscribed. There is no seed bag or wig line. 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...

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Provenance

From Giza G7632 A. 1925: 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: 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.4731

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes