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Shawabty of Huy

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This shawabty is carved from a fine-grained, yellow-brown wood. It depicts a mummiform figure who wears a tripartite wig with long frontal lappets. Arms are crossed left over right on the chest, each holding a narrow-bladed hoe (implements of field work for use in the Afterlife). Five horizontal...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Dimensions

Height x width: 18.7 x 5.4 cm (7 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4125

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes