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Shawabty

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This is the upper portion of a limestone shawabty. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Its hands are crossed opposite at the chest and combined, holding implements of field work that were rendered in red paint that is now partially worn away. The right hand holds a hoe...

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Provenance

From Naga el-Deir (?). 1912: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt in the division of finds. (Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Nag el-Deir(?), Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 17.5 x 7.2 cm (6 7/8 x 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

12.1191a-b

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes