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Shawabty

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This wooden shawabty is an elaborately carved mummiform figure wearing a detailed duplex wig. Its hands are crossed and opposed, holding implements of field work: a hoe in each hand. Traces of black coating (paint or bitumen) appear on many surfaces. A central vertical line of incised...

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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, late Dynasty 18–20, 1390–1070 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width: 25.1 x 7.3 cm (9 7/8 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4086

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes