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Shawabty

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This limestone shawabty is a mummiform figure of bulky proportions. It is shown with somewhat pronounced arms folded at the chest and rendered as though bundled under linen wrappings with no indications of hands. Modelling of facial features is minimal. The wig may have been intended as either a...

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Provenance

From Giza or Deir Rifa. 1907: Excavated by W.M. Flinders Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account; assigned to the Egyptian Research Account by the government of Egypt in the division of finds; given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account. (Accession Date: October 10, 1907)

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription

Egyptian, Likely New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.

Findspot

Giza or Rifeh, Egypt

Accession Number

07.562a

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes