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Shawabty of King Seti I (?)

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This shawabty of well smoothed wood retains traces of a bitument coating, much of which has worn away, and possible traces of white priming or plaster. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Arms are crossed on the chest, right over left. It is unclear if they were originally...

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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: 19.1 x 5.4 cm (7 1/2 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4101

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes