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Shawabty of Penamun

Greenish faience, mold-made shawabty with long wig and false beard, holding a pair of hoes. Horizontal inscription around the lower body and legs names the owner as Penamun. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to...

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By 1979: Mrs Horace L. Mayer collection; given to the MFA by Mrs. Mayer November 1979.

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Gift of Mrs. 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