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Shawabty of Rekhnefer son of Merenptah

This torso fragment of a shawabty inscribed for Rekhnefer son of Merenptah dates to the Late Period. It has a tripartite wig, long plaited beard, back pillar and base. The figure holds the pick on the right shoulder and hoe and cord to a small seed bag on the left. Here the beard is plaited and...

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From Giza G 7230-7240: pit G 7230 B, chamber VIII, debris. 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: 10.7 cm (4 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes