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Shawabty of the Overseer of Works of Amen in Karnak, Benermerut

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This large fragment of shawabty of yellow-brown limestone preserves approximatley the upper half of the original, now attached to a base. It depicts a mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig and false beard. Arms arms crossed at chest, right over left. The break has occurred at the thighs...

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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 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 17.1 x 7.9 x 6.3 cm (6 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes