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Shawabty fragment

This is a chest portion of a shawabty, showing two hands. It is molded and crudely formed and has no back pillar. It has a blue glaze. 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...

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Provenance

From Giza, St 7000, in debris. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Thickness x Width x length: 2.2 x 1.8 x 4.0 cm (7/8 x 11/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.2943

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes