Global Art & Artifacts

Stone / Clay Funerary Figure. Mummy. Ushabti. Shabti. Statue. Egypt.

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Shabti or Ushabtis were small human figures representing a person who would perform a given task for the deceased in his/her afterlife. The sun god Ra would grant tracts of land for the dead to dwell for eternity. The wealthy, nobles and royalty did not plan on doing any manual labor on this land so they would take symbolic servants with them to the afterlife to help. Some times Shabti were modeled to represent a specific task… with tiny tools. Later Ushabtis were inscribed with a magical language that would activate them in the afterlife.

 

Figures could be made of various materials: faience, wax, clay, wood, stone, terracotta, glass and bronze.

 

This Ushabti was found near a site in Luxor in the 1950s, as per the Egyptian collector (from Egypt). I have my doubts about a specific age. But it is a very stunning piece.

 

Stand is not included.

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