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Shawabty

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This shawabty of brown wood has a substantial bitumen coating over virtually the entire object, though now somewhat worn, discolored, and flaking. It is a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Hands are crossed opposite on the chest. The black coating obscures whether they were originally...

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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, 1550–1070 B.C.

Accession Number

RES.72.61

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes