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Shawabty of the scribe Nebmerutef

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This shawabty is carved of brownish stone, possibly sandstone. The figure is a male with an elaborately detailed duplex hairstyle/wig and pronounced plaited kilt. Its arms are crossed, right over left, and clutching a ba-bird to the chest. The shawabty carries an inscription onthe back and sides...

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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 19, 1295–1186 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 18.7 x 7 x 3.5 cm (7 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes