Shabti of divine father of Amun Ankh - 994x2.730_1

994x2.730_1

Shabti of divine father of Amun Ankh

Medium:Glazed composition (faience) and black paint
Geography: Thebes (modern Luxor), Egypt
Date: c. 945-715 BC
Period: 22nd Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
Dimensions:
14.8 x 5.15 cm
Object number: 994x2.730
Not on view
Description

Shabtis are small mummiform 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 workers, each under the control of an officer, or overseer. This is a worker shabti. He wears a tripartite wig. His moulded face is somewhat abraded, but the eyes and eyebrows have been added in black paint. The arms are depicted crossed over the chest with the modelled fists clearly visible.  A hoe for each hand has been added in black paint. A square basket or seedbag has been painted on the back of the figure hanging from the shoulders. These tools were meant to be used in agricultural work in the Afterlife.  A single framed column of text on the front of the figure gives the name and title of the deceased.  It reads:  The Osiris the divine father of Amun Ankh, justified. (S.B. Shubert)

Collection:
Egypt
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