A small turquoise glazed faience shabti, shown in mummiform holding the pick and hoe to his shoulders; a panel of lightly impressed hieroglyphs to the front.
Circa 4th-1st century BC.
Condition: Complete and intact, with light accretions; an inexpensive example.
Height: 7.1 cms (2.8 ins).
NB. Stand not included.
Ushabti figure, also spelled shabti or shawabty, are the small statuettes made of wood, stone, or faience that are often found in ancient Egyptian tombs. Their purpose was to act as a magical substitute for the deceased owner when the gods requested him or her to undertake menial tasks in the afterlife; the word ushabti is usually translated as "answerer."
Egyptian faience shabti
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