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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… Continue reading

Cat Mummy Statue. Figure. Bastet. Funerary. Afterlife. Linen Wrapped. Egypt.

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    Several Egyptian gods took the form of a cat . . most notably, Bastet. Bastet, half feline, half woman, was the goddess of the home, women’s secrets, fertility, childbirth…. and cats. In many ways, cats became a religious icon and as well as household… Continue reading

Large Antique Mummy Human Ushabti. Shabti. Statue. Funerary Figure. Private Collection. Terracotta. Egypt

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    Ushabti funerary figures – like this one – were placed in tombs with other grave goods and were intended to act as a surrogate of the deceased owner to undertake menial tasks in the afterlife. Ushabti is translated to “answerer”.   From a very large… Continue reading

Antique Tin-Glazed Faience Canopic Jars. Clay. Stone. Set of four. Egypt

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    Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process. Internal soft organs of the deceased to be mummified were stored in these jars . . . away from the body. Lungs were stored in a jar representing Horus’s son, Hapi (baboon); the… Continue reading
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