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Stick Shawabty

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This is a "stick" shawabty, a type of shawabty characterised by crude carving of a stick/dowel into a highly stylized mummiform figure. Facial details are roughly modelled, with no significant modelling of the body except for blocked in feet. A hieratic inscription is painted in black on three...

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From Naga el-Deir (Na 12 / above 32). 1912: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the Government of Egypt in the division of finds. (Accession Date: December 5, 1912).

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Likely Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12–13, 1991–1640 B.C.


Naga el-Deir, Egypt


Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes