Uninscribed shabti - ROM2016_15062_13


Uninscribed shabti

Medium:Wood, painted and inscribed
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1295-1186 BC
Period: 19th Dynasty, Ramesside Period, New Kingdom
24.9 x 8 cm
Object number: 948.34.33
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond
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. Some of the earliest shabtis were made of wood, but the form of this figure with the lappet wig and long projecting apron of the kilt suggests a date in the late New Kingdom, probably 19th Dynasty. Carved facial features include eyes, nose, mouth and ears, much abraded on the shabti's right side. The lappet wig painted is painted in black. His arms are folded across his chest with the hands made into fists. The figure was originally meant to be painted, but it is uncertain whether it actually was and whether such details as the implements held were ever added in paint. Tool marks can clearly be made out on the surface, especially on the back. There are large vertical cracks in the wood on both the front and back side.

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