Shawabty of Huy

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 19
1295–1186 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.4902

Medium or Technique

Wood with painted gesso

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Shawabties and shawabty boxes

Painted wooden shawabty wearing a black tripartite wig and brightly painted broad collar over a white shroud. In each hand, he holds a hoe, and a water jar is slung over his shoulder. 6 horizontal bands of hieroglyphic text on a yellow background surround the lower half of the body. They contain the shawabty spell from Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead, and identify the owner of the shawabty as a man named Huy.

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