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Shawabty

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This shawabty is carved of dark brown wood and retains traces of a bitumen coating over its entirety. It depicts a characteristic mummiform figure with a tripartite wig. Hands appear croosed and opposed on the chest. No hieroglyphic text is evident, and the bitumen coating obscure if any painted...

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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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18–20, 1390–1070 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width: 19.7 x 5.7 cm (7 3/4 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.4090

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes