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Shawabty of Bakmut

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This shawabty of pinkish pottery retains a thick white ground with drab yellow coating (if not simply discolored white) and ample remains of painted decoration. It is of a mummiform shape, wearing a black tripartite lappet wig with hands crossed over chest, right over left. Each hand holds a hoe...

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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 19–20, 1295–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 19.1 x 5.7 cm (7 1/2 x 2 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes