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This shawabty of reddish pottery depicts a male figure who wears a tripartite wig and the attire of the living, most notably a long, flaring skirt/kilt. Traces of white priming are evident in various areas. There are remnants of black on the wig and reddish-brown on the hands, neck, and face. ...

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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, late Dynasty 18–19, 1336–1186 B.C.


Height x width: 15.2 x 4.7 cm (6 x 1 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes