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Shawabty

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This faience shawabty shows differential firing of its surface glaze: light blue on one side, dark greenish-gray on other. The mummiform shawabty is in the classic Late Period form which is characterized by tripartite wig, long false beard, back pillar, and rectangular base. The tripartite wig...

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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, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width: 22.2 x 6.3 cm (8 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.1678

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes