User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Shawabty

Start collecting

This shawabty, carved of a light wood, depicts a mummiform figure entirely covered with white paint (likely meant to mimic linen bandages). Arms are crossed opposite over the chest and holding implements of field work (a hoe in each hand). The figure wears a duplex wig, painted black. Facial...

Show Full Description

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: 20.6 x 7 cm (8 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.4105

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes