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Shawabty of King Seti I

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This shawabty of dark brown wood retains ample traces of a bitumen coating, now cracked and flaked off from many areas. The figure is mummiform in shape, wearing a tripartite wig. Hands are crossed and opposed. It is unclear if they were originally depicted as holding any kind of implements....

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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.

Dimensions

Height x width: 14.3 x 3.8 cm (5 5/8 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.4100

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes