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Shawabty of King Seti I

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This is a royal shawabty of brown wood with substantial remnants of bitumen coating. It depicts a characteristically mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Its arms are crossed right over left on the chest. The black coating obscures whether they were originally intended to be shown holding...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Catalogue Raisonné

381

Dimensions

Height x width: 18.7 x 5.7 cm (7 3/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.4113

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes