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Shawabty

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This shawabty of brown wood retains a substantial bitumen coating, now variously caked and flaking in some areas. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Arms are folded upon the chest, modelled as though bundled beneath wrappings. No hands are evident. The black coating obscures...

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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 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Accession Number

RES.72.58

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes