Uninscribed Shabti - ROM2016_15161_25


Uninscribed Shabti

Medium:Limestone, carved and smoothed
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
21.3 × 6 × 4.8 cm
Object number: 948.34.59
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionShabtis were small human-shaped 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. This mummiform shabti is made of limestone and has been extensively restored. The ears on the sides of the head are large with internal modelling.  Three rows of a decorated broad collar are depicted between the wig lappets.  The arms are crossed just above the waist with the right hand holding a hoe with a narrow blade and the left hand holding a hoe with a wide blade. There is no plinth and no inscription.
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