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Shawabty of the "god's wife" Maatkara

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The shawabty is mummiform, arms crossed right over left, holding a hoe in each hand, with wedge-formed feet. Vertical inscription in front reads: sHD Wsir Hmt-nTr MAat-kA-ra Translation: the illuminated one, the Osiris, God's Wife Maatkara.


From Thebes, Deir el-Bahari cache, DB 320 (cleared 1881); Luigi Vassalli Collection (d. 1887); by 1956: Horace L. Mayer Collection; 1956, gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA. (Accession Date: December 1, 1956)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, reign of, 1070–1032 B.C.

Object Place

Deir el-Bahari, Thebes, Egypt


Height: 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Blue faience with black painted details


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes