Shawabty of Qaha

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

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Medina


Height x width: 24.1 x 4.4 cm (9 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

Painted limestone shawabty, inscribed for its owner, Kaha. Light colored; fine-grained stone; seven horizontal bands of hieroglyphs painted in black; wig in black; reddish-brown flesh; 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.
The first band reads: sDm aS m st-MAat
The second band: i Sawabty
the third band: …tw sDm [aS]
Only traces of the other bands’ hieroglyphs remain.
The servant in the place of Maat
O Shabty …
(if this) servant is (counted of)…


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.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way