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Shawabty of Istemkheb, chief of the entertainers of Amen

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Blue faience shawabty of a woman, with details in black, including the wig, eyes, tools, and text. Arms folded across chest, proper left over proper right, holding a pair of hoes. Five horizontal lines of text, naming the great mistress of the first musical troupe of Amun, Asetemakhbit.


From Thebes, probably from the first "Royal Cache" at Deir el-Bahri, 1881; Luigi Vassalli (1812-1887) collection; by 1931, Horace L. Mayer collection; lent to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer February 5, 1931; given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer December 17, 1964. (Accession Date: February 3, 2003)

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Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, 1070–945 B.C.


Height: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes