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Shawabty

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This wooden(?) shawabty of wood retains substantial amounts of a bitumen coating. It is a mummiform figure wearing tripartite wig. Hands are crossed opposite over the chest. The black coating and wear obscure whether they were originally intended to be shown holding implements or if any painted...

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

Accession Number

RES.72.34

Medium or Technique

wood?

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes