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Shawabty amulets

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This is a group of four miniature shawabty amulets. Three are broken and one is complete. 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...

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Provenance

From Egypt, Giza Avenue G 3, black debris. 1925: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian,

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 0.8 x 2.9 cm (5/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

25.3021

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets