Shawabty and shawabty coffin of Intef
Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty
Length x width (of shawabty): 14.3 x 5 cm (5 5/8 x 1 15/16 in.) height x width x length(of coffin): 10.8 x 8.1 x 20.4 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
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Shawabty and wooden model coffin of Intef. The wooden shawabty is crudely carved and painted white, possibly in imitation of limestone, with an offering formula painted in black. The coffin is rectangular with an arched lid, a style of coffin that was common in the Early Dynastic Period and Old Kingdom but revived in the late Middle Kingdom. It was originally painted white with details in black paint, inculding a pair of wadjet eyes, a false door, and an offering formula.
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.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way