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Shawabty

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This wooden shawabty has fairly well preserved painted decoration. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a black painted tripartite wig. Arms are folded over the chest with hands crossed opposite, rendered in reddish brown paint. Also reddish brown are field implements held in the hands (two...

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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, 1390–1070 B.C.

Accession Number

RES.72.46

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes