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This shawabty of coarse, pinkish clay with a thin red wash is a crudely modelled mummiform figure. Shaping is distinct enough make out a tripartite wig and hands crossed over the chest, left above right. Extremely slight modelling of facial details is perhaps evident. No applied decoration or...

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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, Likely late New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, 1186–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 17.1 x 4.4 cm (6 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes