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Shawabty of Kaha

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Painted limestone shawabty made of light-colored, fine-grained limestone; five horizontal bands of painted hieroglyphs in black; wig in black; flesh a deep reddish-brown; crossed arms.No agricultural implements are identifiable in his hands. The inscription identifies the owner as the "servant in...

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From Deir el-Medina. 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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Object Place

Thebes, Egypt


Height x width: 22.4 x 4.5 cm (8 13/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes