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Item:264114777313This Authentic Early Ptolemaic Ushabti is extremely old and made from Faience. Most of the glaze has worn away but the piece is pretty large. It’s approximately 7 inches long and 2 inches wide. A Shabtis Ushabti is a small human figure representing a person who would perform a given task for the deceased in the afterlife. The Amduat (underworld) included tracts of land granted to the deceased by the sun god Ra from which the blessed dead could receive their nourishment. Unsurprisingly, wealthy nobles and royalty did not plan on doing any work themselves and so they would take their (symbolic) servants with them. Early versions (Shabti or Shabtiu) were modelled to represent the task that they would perform and given tiny tools etc with which to complete their tasks. Later on Shawabti (and Ushabti) were inscribed with a magical formula which would activate them (see below). Shabti were made from various materials including; faience, wax, clay, wood, stone, terracotta and, occasionally, glass and bronze.Provenance:Private Collection, Material:Faience
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Funerary Ancient Egyptian Faience Ushabti-Shabti-Statue Figure, Circa 600-300 BC