Cover of shawabti box/coffin

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 25
760–660 B.C.


Height x width: 19.6 x 6.6 cm (7 11/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

This object is the semi-cylindrical (barrel) lid to a model coffin of wood, likely having been used for shawabty figurine. A small knob is affixed to one end of the top. The top is painted with light yellow ground and black stripes. A wider central yellow stripe comprises a text register containing a black painted hieroglyphic inscription. There are traces of white priming on both the top and underside.


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