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Shawabty of Nefertari

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This wooden shawabty is coated completely with bitumen. It depicts a characteristically mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig. Its arms are rendered fully, shown crossed over the chest. Very faded remnants of yellowish-white paint are still evident for detailing of attributes such as hair...

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Said to be from the Valley of the Queens (Thebes), Tomb of Queen Nefertari (QV 66). 1904: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (04.1953-04.1956, 04.1766-04.1769) for £40. (Accession Date: January 1, 1904)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reign of Ramesses II, 1279–1213 B.C.


Height: 16 cm (6 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes