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Shawabty fragment

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This is a fragment of a shawabty of pottery (brown-gray clay). The upper portion only has survived, having broken off at upper legs. The figure is mummiform. It wears a tripartite wig which exhibits traces of blue and red. Facial features are modelled and retain traces of red. The upper torso...

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From Naga el-Deir, grave N 12/45). 1912: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the Government of Egypt in the division of finds. (Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Likely New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.


Naga el-Deir, Egypt


Height: 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes