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Shawabty

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This is a severely damaged wooden shawabty. It once depicted a mummform figure wearing a tripartite wig. There are possible remnants of a false beard. Arms appear to have been fully modelled and crossed over chest, though it is unclear in what precise arrangement. Legs are delineated by shallow...

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Provenance

From Sheikh Farag (S.F. / 170). 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Egypt in the division of finds. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Sheikh Farag, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 24.3 cm (9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3847

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes