Egyptian Vibrant Turquoise Glazed Faience Shabti

£ 395.00

An Egyptian shabti figurine made in a vibrant turquoise faience. The shabti features a plain lappet wig which connects with the back pillar, and a long false beard. The arms are crossed at the chest and he holds a hoe in each hand. The reverse displays a plain dorsal pillar and a basket with hatched fibres on the left shoulder. The shabti stands on an integral base. Its facial features have been stylistically rendered to include almond-shaped eyes, a nose and small mouth.

Date: Circa 1070 - 664 BC
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Provenance: Private German collection, acquired 2023.
Condition: Excellent condition.
Product Code: ES-171
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Ushabtis or Shabtis were figurines designed to be placed in tombs. They take the appearance of human mummified figures, usually with their arms crossed at their chest. They could be made using several materials, such as wood, clay and faience, which remains the most common, especially in its blue or green shades. Shabtis were intended to act as servants for the deceased and to perform any manual labour for them in the afterlife. For this to be possible, early shabtis would include the name of their master inscribed on it and also a summoning spell to which they replied. In fact, shabti translates as “the answerer”. Such figurines could also be inscribed with passages from the Book of the Dead, the intention of which was to secure safety for the deceased in the afterlife. In later periods, with the increased mass production of shabtis, the deceased would include a significant number with them in their tomb; even so many as 365 workers and 36 overseers to supervise.

To discover more about these fascinating objects, please visit our relevant post: Egyptian Shabti: Companions in the Afterlife.

Weight 55.2 g
Dimensions W 3.4 x H 11 cm

Turquoise Faience


North Africa

Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item EA49256

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