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Shawabty

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This shawabty, fashioned of buff-colored clay, is covered with plaster and substantial remnants of paint. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a black painted tripartite wig. Its hands are crossed over the chest, right over left. Though severely worn in this area, it appears each hand is...

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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 New Kingdom or later, Dynasty 18–24, 1400–712 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width: 21.9 x 7 cm (8 5/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1654

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes