New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18-20
1350–1070 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 22.2 x 6.5 x 4 cm (8 3/4 x 2 9/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted wood

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

Carved wooden shawabty, with arms folded across his chest, wearing the pleated garment and elaborate wig characteristic of the New Kingdom. The lower part of the skirt has been smoothed in preparation for an inscription, but the text was never carved.


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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way