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Shawabty of the Lady of the House Behdetnedjmet

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This shawabty of light colored, fine-grained limestone preserves considerable original painted decoration. The mummiform figure is painted white, likely in imitation of linen wrappings. Arms are crossed, right over left, on the chest. It wears a black painted tripartite wig. The hands and face...

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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 18, 1550–1295 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 22.2 x 6.3 x 5 cm (8 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes