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Shawabty with ba-bird

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This shawabty of limestone depicts a mummiform figure with a ba-bird outstretched on the chest. Crossed and opposed hands hold implements of field work: a hoe in the right and either a pick or a hoe in the left. The figure wears a tripartite wig with bands at the ends of front lappets. Legs are...

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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 19, 1295–1186 B.C.


height x width (max): 15.5 x 4.7 cm (6 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes