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Unbaked shawabty in linen wrappings

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This object is a figurine of rough, unbaked clay, wrapped in its original cloth. It was likely intended for use as a shawabty. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in order to act as a proxy for the deceased when called...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 332–30 B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4830

Medium or Technique

Clay and cloth

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes