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This shawabty of white-glazed faience depicts a small mummiform figure with black-painted tripartite wig. Hands appear crossed, possibly right over left. The hands hold implements of field work: a broad hoe in each, painted in black. The figure's facial details are also accented with black....

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From Aniba, tomb SA 33. 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 18–19, 1550–1186 B.C.


Aniba, Nubia (Egypt)


Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes