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Faience Ushabti of the 26th Dynasty - PF.0479
Origin: Sakhara, Egypt
Circa: 664 BC to 525 BC
Dimensions: 6.25" (15.9cm) high
Collection: Egyptian
Style: Late Dynastic Period
Medium: Faience


Location: UAE
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The figure is inscribed with a text of eight lines which translates as follows: 1) Illumine Osiris--Har, child of Hathor in the necropolis, when he says: O; 2) Ushabti, this O Osiris--Har, child of Hathor in the necropolis; do the work that is to be done; 3) there in the necropolis. Then you will smite there, as a man about his affairs; 4) Behold me, say you, when one counts; 5) at any time, to act there in the necropolis; 6) to cause to grow the fields, to cause to fill the channels; 7) to carry sand from the east; 8) to the west. Behold me, say you. 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. - (PF.0479)

 

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