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This shawabty of light brown wood retains slight traces of dull blue, red, and yellow pianted decoration. It depicts a figure wearing attire of the living, with flaring skirt/kilt and undetailed duplex wig. Its hands are rendered somewhat schematically crossed and opposed on the chest. The front...

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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, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 16.8 x 5.4 cm (6 5/8 x 2 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes