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Shawabty of Neferseshempsamtik

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Well-modeled shawabty of blue glazed faience, with nine horizontal bands of incised inscriptions; hands crossed; incised features. The figure wears a plain, tripartite wig and plaited, divine beard, carries a hoe, and has a basket slung over his shoulder. The text identifies him as the "Prophet of...

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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, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C.


Height x width: 19 x 5 cm (7 1/2 x 1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes