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This shawabty of brownish pottery is a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Traces of white paint suggest most surfaces were once covered, though now mostly worn away. The shawabty's face and hands retain traces of reddish-brown, and the wig was painted black. Arms are crossed over the...

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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, likely Dynasty 18, 1550–1295 B.C.


Height x width: 15.5 x 4.1 cm (6 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes