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Shawabty

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This wooden shawabty has a substantial bitumen coating over virtually the entire object, now somewhat worn. It is a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Arms are crossed over the chest as though bundled under wrappings with no modelling of hands. The black coating obscures whether the...

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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,

Accession Number

RES.72.60

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes