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This shawabty of brown wood is caked with a bitumen coating. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing tripartite wig. Hands appear crossed opposite upon te chest, though the black coating obscures whether they were originally intended to be shown holding implements. There are possible traces of...

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

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes