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Shawabty

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This limestone shawabty depicts a mummiform figure with arms crossed at chest holding implements of field work, a broad hoe in the left hand and a narrow hoe or a pick in the right, plus a trapezoidal bag in each. The figure wears a triparte wig with incised lines denoting tresses. Nine...

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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, 1550–1070 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 20 x 6.6 x 4.7 cm (7 7/8 x 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.748

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes