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Shawabty and shawabty coffin

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This set of objects is comprised of a miniature coffin and shawabty figurine, both of painted wood. The decorative scheme on both items uses white to imitate mummy wrappings. The coffin is of anthropoid shape. It has a band of black painted cursive hieroglyphic text running down the center in a...

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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: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1550–1295 B.C.


Height x width x depth (coffin): 23.5 x 8.8 x 9 cm (9 1/4 x 3 7/16 x 3 9/16 in.) height x width x depth (shawabty): 25.5 x 7.4 x 4.3 cm (10 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted wood (possibly acacia)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes