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Shawabty box/coffin

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This shawabty box of light colored wood has been carved as a rectangular coffin with barrel lid. Preserved painted decoration inclues three rectangles on each long side and one at each end, all with white priming and borders of pale green. The entire surface of both coffin and lid were probably...

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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 18, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25, 760–660 B.C.


Length x width (Box): 24.7 x 10.1 cm (9 3/4 x 4 in.) Length x width (Lid): 24.7 x 9.8 cm (9 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes