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This shawabty of dark brown wood retains traces of a bitumen coating (now largely worn away). It is mummiform in shape. The figure wears a tripartite wig. Hands are crossed and opposed on the chest. They were likely originally shown holding implements of field work, painted on and now largely...

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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 18–20, 1390–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 14.3 x 3.8 cm (5 5/8 x 1 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes