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This faience shawabty retains only small areas of its original light blue glaze. Most areas have been worn or flaked down to the underlying brown paste. The object depicts a figure wearing a tripartite wig and the dress of the living, particularly a pronounced, flaring kilt/skirt. Hands are...

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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 or later Dynasty 18–24, 1349–712 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 8.6 x 3.1 x 5 cm (3 3/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes