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Hand holding an ankh

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The sculpture of a hand holding an ankh is a portion of a life-size statue made of greenish gray granite. It is in good condition.


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, New Kingdom–Late Period, 1550–343 B.C.


Width x length x thickness: 11.4 x 30.4 x 13.3 cm (4 1/2 x 11 15/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World