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Shawabty of Nestanebisheru

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The shawabty is mummiform, arms crossed right over left, holding hoes, with wedge-formed feet. Inscribed with chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead for Nesinetnebetisheru, daughter of Pinudjem II.


From Thebes, Deir el-Bahari cache, DB 320 (cleared 1881); Luigi Vassalli Collection (d. 1887); by 1957: Horace L. Mayer Collection; 1956, given to MFA by Horace L. Mayer. (Accession Date: April 1, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, 1070–945 B.C.

Object Place

Deir el-Bahari, Thebes, Egypt


Height: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blue faience


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes