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This is a foot fragment of a shawabty which dates to the Late Period. 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 upon to tend to field labor or other tasks. This expressed...

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From Giza G 7060, Thieves' break in floor of offering room. 1926: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes