Shawabty of Neferseshempsamtik

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.

Place of Origin: Egypt


Height x width: 19 x 5 cm (7 1/2 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

Well-modeled shawabty of blue glazed faience, with nine horizontal bands of incised inscriptions; hands crossed; incised features. The figure wears a plain, tripartite wig and plaited, divine beard, carries a hoe, and has a basket slung over his shoulder. The text identifies him as the “Prophet of Min, Lord of Sekret, Neferseshempsamtik.”


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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way