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Shawabty of the Lady of the House Nebtawy

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This sandstone shawabty is a bulky mummiform figure. It wears a tripartie wig with incised lines denoting tresses. Hands are crossed and opposed on the chest, each holding a hoe and a bag. No traces of paint or glaze remain. Six horizontal bands of incised heiroglyphic text (with dividing lines)...

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Provenance

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 18, 1550–1295 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x thickness: 21.3 x 7.9 x 5 cm (8 3/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.756

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes