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Shawabty of Imhotep

Faience shawabty of a man wearing a long wig and false beard, with arms crossed, proper right over proper left, holding a pair of hoes. Ther is one vertical line of text down the center of the legs naming the seal bearer Imhotep. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was...

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By 1931: Horace L. Mayer collection; lent to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer February 5, 1931; given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer December 17, 1964.

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Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C.

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes