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Shawabty of the Overseer of Builders, Neferhotep

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


Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

Finely carved limestone shawabty wearing a striated tripartite wig and a broad collar, and holding a pair of hoes and a pair of baskets. Nine horizontal lines of text inscribed around the lower body and legs include chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead and the name and titles of the Overseer of the Builders of Amun, Neferhotep.


By late 19th century: Omar Pasha Sultan Collection; by 1985: with Jean-Louis Domercq, Galerie du Sycomore, Paris; purchased by the MFA from Jean-Louis Domercq October 23, 1985.

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund