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Egyptian Faience Ushabti - SK.026
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 1292 BC to 1189 BC
Dimensions: 6.15" (15.6cm) high x 2.25" (5.7cm) wide
Collection: Egyptian
Style: Ushabti
Medium: Faience


Additional Information: HK

Location: UAE
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The Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt (notated Dynasty XIX, alternatively 19th Dynasty or Dynasty 19) is classified as the second Dynasty of the Ancient Egyptian New Kingdom period, lasting from 1292 BC to 1189 BC. The 19th Dynasty and the 20th Dynasty furthermore together constitute an era known as the Ramesside period. Ushabti figure, also spelled shabti or shawabty, any of the small statuettes made of wood, stone, or faience that are often found in large numbers in ancient Egyptian tombs. The figures range in height from approximately 4 to 20 inches (10 to 50 cm) and often hold hoes in their arms. Their purpose was to act as a magical substitute for the deceased owner when the gods requested him to undertake menial tasks in the afterlife; the word ushabti is usually translated as “answerer.” During the New Kingdom (1539–1075 BCE) the figures were made to resemble the tomb owner by being fashioned in the form of a mummy bearing the owner’s name. - (SK.026)

 

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