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Shawabty fragment

This is a legs, foot and base fragment of a shawabty which dates to the Late Period. It has bright blue glaze. The fragment is uninscribed. 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...

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From Giza, Street 7000, South of the enclosing wall of Isis Temple. 1926: 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: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes