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Shawabty of the Chief Draftsman Ya

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This is a shawabty of smooth textured, light grayish limestone with traces of dull red, brown, blue and white remaining. It is of mummiform shape with hands crossed and opposed on the chest. It wears a tripartite wig with incised lines to indicate bands at the ends of the front lappets. The...

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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, late Dynasty 18–20, 1400–1070 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 13.3 x 6.3 x 4.4 cm (5 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes