Shawabty of Kaha

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

Object Place: Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina


Height x width: 22.4 x 4.5 cm (8 13/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

Painted limestone shawabty made of light-colored, fine-grained limestone; five horizontal bands of painted hieroglyphs in black; wig in black; flesh a deep reddish-brown; crossed arms.No agricultural implements are identifiable in his hands. The inscription identifies the owner as the “servant in the Place of Truth, Kaha”, indicating that he was one of the villagers from Deir el Medina who worked on the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.


From Deir el-Medina. 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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way