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Cover of shawabti box/coffin

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This object is the semi-cylindrical (barrel) lid to a model coffin of wood, likely having been used for shawabty figurine. A small knob is affixed to one end of the top. The top is painted with light yellow ground and black stripes. A wider central yellow stripe comprises a text register...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 25, 760–660 B.C.


Height x width: 19.6 x 6.6 cm (7 11/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes