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Shawabty

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Uninscribed. Faience. Glazed. Pick, hoe and basket. Back support. Tip of beard chipped. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a proxy for the deceased when called upon to tend to field labor or other tasks....

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Provenance

From Giza [Excav. date] April, 1927. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition and assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, 760–343 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 9.7 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm (3 13/16 x 1 1/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

29.1819

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes