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This wooden shawabty retains substantial amounts of a bitumen coating. It is a mummiform figure with sharp lines, wearing tripartite wig. Its arms are folded over chest (blocky modeling) as though bundled under wrappings with no indications of hands. The black coating obscures whether the...

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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 18, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes