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Shawabty of Amenhotep

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This shawabty is made of pottery of reddish clay composition. It takes a mummiform shape and was painted white in imitation of linen bandages. Much of this paint has worn away. The shawabty wears a black painted tripartite wig, and the face is reddish-brown with facial details in black and...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: Juen 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18–20, 1352–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 14.3 x 5.4 cm (5 5/8 x 2 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes