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Shawabty of Tjay-mes

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This shawabty of pinkish clay is unglazed. It depicts a mummiform figure of somwhat squat proportions. Traces of paint suggest it was covered in white originally. The head carries traces of reddish-brown with black accents for facial details. Hieroglyphic text is painted in black on front with...

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From Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakleoplis Magna). 1890-1891: excavated by Edouard Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 1891, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: December 8, 1891)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.


Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakleoplis Magna), Egypt


Height: 14.7 cm (5 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes