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This shawabty of pottery (reddish-brown clay) depicts a mummiform figure of smoothed, but somewhat awkward modeling. It wears a tripartite wig. Arms are shown as folded on the chest as though beneath wrappings. Hands are not indicated. The shawabty is broken at the lower legs and mended, with a...

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From Aniba, tomb SA 37. 1910: excavated by the E.B. Coxe Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania; assigned to the University of Pennsylvania in the division of finds by the Sudanese government; 1910-1991: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; 1991: received by the MFA through exchange with the University of Pennsylvania Museum. (Accession date: March 25, 1992)

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MFA-University of Pennsylvania Exchange

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, 1295–1186 B.C.


Aniba, Nubia (Egypt)


Height: 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes