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Title:Fragment of a Shabti Figure
Date Made:20th century CE imitation
Materials:Ceramic with traces of cream-colored paint
Place Made:Egypt
Measurements:3 1/4 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/4 in.; 8.255 x 4.9213 x 3.175 cm
Accession Number:  SC 2004.20.17
Credit Line:Gift of John in memory of Elsbeth Dusenbery (Elsbeth Brainan, class of 1940)
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

Upper part of a mummiform figure, broken off at the knees, wearing a long beard, a wig with long, striated lappets, and a broad collar necklace, and with arms crossed and holding hoes. Below the arms: a text with two horizontal lines of illegible hieroglyphs. The object appears to have been made in a one-piece mold for the front features, with the back smoothed afterwards. The material is unusual for the coarse inclusions and the color. Pale cream paint survives in the crevices. Probable smoke damage appears along the right side.

mythology; archaeology

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