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Shawabty

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This shawabty of light-grayish wood retains slight traces of a bitumen overlay on the surface. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a detialed duplex wig. Arms are crossed over the chest, right over left. Each hand holds a hoe. Five irregular horizontal rows of incised hieroglyphic text appear...

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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: 19.3 x 5 cm (7 5/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.4098

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes