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Shawabty of the High Priest of Osiris, Tjay

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Blue glazed composition ware shawabty decorated and inscribed in black, with horizontal bands of inscription on the front bearing the shawabty spell from Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead and identifying the owner as Tjay, the Chief Prophet of Osiris. The arms are crossed over the chest, but no...

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From Abydos, 1900: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie and Arthur Cruttenden Mace for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: November 1, 1900)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18–early Dynasty 19, 1400–1279 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Abydos, Egypt


Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes