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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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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.


Giza, Egypt


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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes