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Shawabty of Khaemtore

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Fine-grained white limestone shawabty with arms crossed and holding a pair of yellow-painted hoes, with eight horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphs on the lower part of the body. The shawabty wears the wig of the living, painted black, and has a red-brown face, black eyes and traces of yellow...

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From Thebes, Deir el-Medina. By 1909: purchased in Egypt by Joseph Lindon Smith; 1909: on loan to the MFA; 1911: purchased by the MFA through funds provided by Mary S. Ames. (Accession date: August 3, 1911.)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary S. Ames

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

Object Place for Label


Thebes, Egypt


Height x width: 20 x 6.8 cm (7 7/8 x 2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes