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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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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)

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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes