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

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7511 A, chamber H, N gebel grave in floor


Overall: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

This mummiform shawabty has a tripartite wig and a long plain beard. The arms are crossed and hands opposed. The tools are modeled in low relief or outlined by an incised line. The right hand holds a large hoe and a cord to small seed bag slung over the back of the left shoulder. The left hand holds the pick. The back pillar is broad and extends from the bottom of the wig to the bottom of the small, thick square base. The shawabty is uninscribed.


From Giza Pit G 7511 A, chamber H, N gebel grave in floor, [debris in rock-cut coffin]. 1925: 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