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Shawabty attributed to Hetepef-Hesu(?)

This is 16 tiny fragments of different shawabtys attributed to Hetepef-Hesu(?), which dates to the Late Period. The fragments include the face, beard and top of head. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a...

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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.

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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: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes