Egyptian faience worker shabti, upright standing figure with lappet wig, arms folded across the chest, holding hoes, and feet together. Originally stood on plinth (now missing).
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian figure
747 BCE-332 BCE
L49mm x W17mm x D11mm
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 (Egyptian ushabti), are funerary figurines, usually mummiform in appearance, which developed during the Middle Kingdom. They were buried with a person, standing in place of the deceased and their servants. They were intended to free the deceased from the necessity of labour in the afterlife, which was required for the deceased to produce their own food.
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