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Shawabty of the Priest of Khnum Pendjerty

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This is a fragment of a shawabty carved of fine-grained, white limestone. It is the top portion of a characteristically mummiform figure wearing an elaborately carved duplex wig. Well modelled arms are crossed opposite, right over left on the chest, shown holding an unusual bag/bundle that is...

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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, late Dynasty 18–19, 1390–1186 B.C.


Height x width: 22.5 x 9.8 cm (8 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes