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This faience shawabty has a deep blue glaze that has preserved well on all surfaces. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig and false beard. Some facial details have been accented in black. Hands are crossed and opposed on the chest and holding implements of field work that have...

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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: Jne 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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


Height x width: 8.9 x 3.1 cm (3 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes