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This is a shawabty of light brown wood, crudely formed as a figure wearing the dress of the living, including a wide flaring kilt/skirt. Arms are modelled as though bundled beneath wrappings, crossed over the chest. There is little modelling of hands, though traces of reddish-brown paint suggest...

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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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1349–1070 B.C.

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes