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Shawabty fragment

shawabty, base only. 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 expressed purpose was sometimes written on the shawabty...

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, St. 2 Avenue. 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

Height x width: 1.0 x 1.4 cm (3/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.1621

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes