AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE USHABTI
Please refer to our stock # P.139 when inquiring.
New Kingdom Period, c. 1550-1069 BCE
This mummiform figure wears a tripartite wig and holds agricultural tools in both hands. A seed bag hangs on his back. A column of hieroglyphs is still present on the front of the figure. Much of the original polychrome remains, especially on the face and wig of the ushabti with additional paint on the body.
14 x 5.5 cm (5.51 x 2.16 inches)
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John H. Taylor, “Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt” (Chicago: 2001)
Ushabtis, also called Shabtis, were servants provided for the deceased to do their work in the afterlife. As Egyptians conceived of the afterlife as a continuation of this world, they logically assumed that the work required of them in life would continue in death. Therefore, the more Ushabtis one had the less work they would be required to do. This ultimately led to an abundance of Ushabtis in tombs, with several hundred being placed allocated to a single tomb by the Third Intermediary Period.