1550 BCE-332 BCE Country
Egypt See full details
Small, deep-blue faience, Egyptian Shabti, black inscription on back.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian figure
H75mm x W25 x D20mm
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.