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This shawabty of fine-grained, grayish limestone depicts a characteristically mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig with incised lines to indicate strands and bands at the ends of the front lappets. Arms are crossed over chest with emphasis on detailing of the hands, which hold implements...

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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, Late Period, Dynasty 25, 760–660 B.C.


Height x width x thickness: 19 x 6.3 x 4.7 cm (7 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes