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Shawabty of Huy

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Painted wooden shawabty wearing a black tripartite wig and brightly painted broad collar over a white shroud. In each hand, he holds a hoe, and a water jar is slung over his shoulder. 6 horizontal bands of hieroglyphic text on a yellow background surround the lower half of the body. They contain...

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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, Dynasty 19, 1295–1186 B.C.


Height: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood with painted gesso


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes