Egyptian Bright Blue Faience Shabti for Nestanebettawy

SKU: MS.0131

Origin: Egypt
Circa: Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, 1085 BC to 935 BC
Dimensions: 4" Height (10 cm)
Medium: Faience

Wearing striated tripartite wig, holding two picks and a seed bag over the shoulders, with a single column of hieroglyphs, details in dark glaze.

Thebes, Deir el Bahri, Cache II. with Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980

Intact with no repair or restoration. A slightly rough surface overall with minor wear. With mount.

Made in quantity, due to their important role in the funeral rites, shabtis are some of the most commonly collected pieces from ancient Egypt. They come in a variety of sizes, materials, colors, level of quality, and intrigue gained from their owner's titles.

Created as servants to perform manual labor on behalf of their masters in the afterlife, shabtis are commonly depicted holding the tools of their trade. Hoes, picks, and seed bags are the most numerous, but other implements can be found. To ensure they'd obey the decesed they were inscribed with the name of their master and a summoning spell. Their name "shabti" comes from this function of being summoned and mean "the answerer." They often also are inscribed with passages from the book of the dead, which would assist the deceased's safe passage into the afterlife.


Late Dynastic

Egyptian Bright Blue Faience Shabti for Nestanebettawy

Late Dynastic

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