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Shawabty jar of Patjau (alt: Panefu)

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This is a pottery jar with a black jackal-headed stopper. Though the shape of the lid is consistent with canopic jars (jars that contained certain inner organs of the deceased subsequent to embalming/mummification), this example is rather a shawabty jar, having contained nine shawabty figurines...

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From Abydos. 1903: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie 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: January 1, 1903)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, 1295–1186 B.C.


Abydos, Egypt


Height: 29.5 cm (11 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes