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Shawabty of King Seti I

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This ia a royal shawabty carved of brown wood with smoothed surface and traces of a bitumen coating. It is a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Hands are crossed and opposed upon the chest. On the legs, five horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphic text without dividing lines record a...

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Likely originally from the tomb of King Seti I (KV 17), Valley of the Kings, Thebes. 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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reign of Seti I, 1294–1279 B.C.

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Medium or Technique

Brown wood, carved


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes