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Peg shawabty

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This "peg" shawabty of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) exhibits the bundle-like, outlined mummiform shape characteristic of this sub-type of shawabty. Fairly faint traces of black painted detailing remain for facial features and a column of hieroglyphic text on the legs. The foot is broken away...

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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, New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, 1186–1070 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 15.5 x 4.7 x 2.8 cm (6 1/8 x 1 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes