Shabti, inscribed

Production date
1550 BCE-332 BCE
Country
Egypt
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Description
Small, blue faience, Egyptian Shabti, upright figure without painted elaboration, inscribed in back heiroglyphs on the back. Some wear to glaze on feet and arms.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian figure
Production date
1550 BCE-332 BCE
Production place
Measurements
L75mm x W25mm x D20mm
Media/Materials description
Egyptian faience is a ceramic material with a siliceous body and brightly coloured glaze.
Faience (composed of quartz, alkaline salts [natron or plant ash], lime, and metallic mineral-based colorant)
Glaze (formed by alkali and lime reacting with silica to form the glaze)
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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