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Shawabty of Qaha

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Painted limestone shawabty, inscribed for its owner, Kaha. Light colored; fine-grained stone; seven horizontal bands of hieroglyphs painted in black; wig in black; reddish-brown flesh; crossed arms. No agricultural implements are identifiable in his hands. The inscription identifies the owner as...

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From Deir el-Medina. 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 19, 1295–1186 B.C.


Deir el-Medina, Egypt


Height x width: 24.1 x 4.4 cm (9 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes