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Shawabty

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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 purpose was sometimes written on the shawabty itself in the form of a...

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Provenance

Findspot Information: From Giza or Deir Rifa.

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription

Egyptian,

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Accession Number

07.562b

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes