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Shawabty

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This wooden shawabty is coated almost entirely with bitumen. It is a mummiform figure of slender proportions wearing a wig, likely of tripartite style. Hands appear to be crossed over the chest with possible indications of yellow painted hands crossed and opposed. There are additional...

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Provenance

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 18, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.

Accession Number

RES.72.33

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes