Shawabty of Kai-neferu

New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18
1353–1322 B.C.


height x width (max): 27.4 x 5 cm (10 13/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood with pigment

Not On View


The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

This finely modeled shawabty belonged to Kai-neferu, a woman of the household of Setau, a workman in the village of Deir el-Medina. The colors used are characteristic of Deir el-Medina figurines of this time period: a white body with incised blue hieroglyphs, red lines dividing the nine horizontal registers, red face, blue wig, and a polychrome necklace.


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