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Shawabty

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This shawabty of light brown wood depicts a figure wearing a tripartite wig and the dress of the living, including a flaring kilt/skirt. Arms are modelled as though folded and bundled beneath fabric with little suggestion of hands. Traces of painted decoration remain in many areas. The garment...

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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, 1349–1070 B.C.

Accession Number

RES.72.81

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes