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Shawabty and wooden model coffin of Intef. The wooden shawabty is crudely carved and painted white, possibly in imitation of limestone, with an offering formula painted in black. The coffin is rectangular with an arched lid, a style of coffin that was common in the Early Dynastic Period and Old...

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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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty, 1991–1640 B.C.


Length x width (of shawabty): 14.3 x 5 cm (5 5/8 x 1 15/16 in.) height x width x length(of coffin): 10.8 x 8.1 x 20.4 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, textile


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes