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Shawabty

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This shawabty is carved of a dark brown wood coated with a layer of bitumen, the surface of which is flaking. No traces of paint or hieroglyphic inscription are evident. The figure is mummiform in shape with legs of particularly narrow proportions. It wears a tripartite wig with long front...

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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: 22.8 x 6.6 cm (9 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4109

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes