Shabti of divine father of Amun Ankh - ROM2016_15062_39


Shabti of divine father of Amun Ankh

Medium:Glazed composition (faience), painted and inscribed
Geography: Thebes (modern Luxor), Egypt
Date: c. 945-715 BC
Period: 22nd Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
15.2 x 5.5 cm
Object number: 994X2.128
Not on view

Shabtis are small human-form figurines placed in tombs to assist the deceased in the afterworld with corvée labour, as detailed in Spell 6 of The Book of the Dead. In the 3rd Intermediate Period it became common for tomb owners to be provided with a shabti for every day of the year.  These would be organized into groups of ten, each under the control of an officer, or overseer.  Identified by his sleeved shirt and the projecting apron of his kilt, this figure is an overseer shabti, probably one of 36 overseers maintaining order amongst a troop of some 365 worker shabtis in the tomb. Note that his left arm bent across his waist holds a whip painted in black with a very long tail down to hem of the kilt. The workmanship is rather rough, an indication of the mass production of these figures

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