Shawabty-like statuette

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Thutmose IV (KV 43)


Height: 58 cm (22 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

This wooden statuette has the shape and proportions similar to shawabty figurines. Carving is somewhat rough, and it caries a coating of bitumen (now black). The figure is mummiform with little modelled detail. It is in battered and worn condition. Part of the left side has split off. There is a square peg at the bottom for attachment to a base (of a coffin, composite object, or the like).


From Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Thutmose IV (KV 43). 1902: excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of the Kings, directed by Howard Carter; assigned to Theodore M. Davis by the government of Egypt; 1903: given to the MFA by Theodore M. Davis. (Accession Date: May 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore M. Davis