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This is a fragment of a shawabty made of pottery (reddish clay). Traces of white priming/paint are evident. It is a crudely modelled mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Hands are crossed and opposed on the chest. Traces of yellow paint on the right side suggest the figure may have been...

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From Egypt, Naga el-Deir tomb N12/45. 1912: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the Government of Egypt in the division of finds. (Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nag el-Deir, Egypt


Height: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes