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This shawabty of brown wood is covered entirely with a coating of bitumen, now cracked and abraded, producing a rough surface. The figure is characteristically mummiform in shape, wearing a tripartite wig. Hands are crossed and opposed. There are some indications that they were shown holding...

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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. (June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, likely Dynasty 19–20, 1295–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 14.3 x 4.4 cm (5 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes