Shabti

Production date
1550 BCE-332 BCE
Country
Egypt
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Description
Small, deep-blue faience, Egyptian Shabti, black inscription on back.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian figure
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Measurements
H75mm x W25 x D20mm
Media/Materials description
Faience, glazed
History and use
Shabtis are funerary figurines, with the appearance of mummiform people. Their duty was to act as serants in the afterlife, perfoming menial, laborious labour on behalf of the deceased. This usually involved food production, including planting, cultivating and irrigating fields. This is represented by the hands holding hoes, and baskets are drawn on the back of the workers.
Registration number
E40030

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