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Shawabty of Renes-seneb

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This travertine (Egyptian alabaster) shawabty is characterized by well-modeled facial features and a striated lappet wig. It is a fully mummiform figure with no modeling of arms or hands. A collumn of incised hieroglyphic text records an offering formula ("hetep di nisu"). Scant traces of black...

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From Semna. April, 1924: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan in the division of finds. (Accession Date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, 1991–1783 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Semna, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 14.8 x 4.1 x 2.9 cm (5 13/16 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes