CULTURE: Ancient Egypt
PERIOD: New Kingdom, Dynasties XIX - XX, c. 1292-1069 BC
DIMENSIONS: Height 15.5 cm
PROVENANCE: From the collection of the well-known Barcelona jeweller, Octavio Sardà. Acquired between 1968 and 1979.
CONDITION: Good state of conservation with superficial wear of the polychromy
Ushabtis, a term which in Ancient Egypt means “answerers”, were figures that directly represented the deceased person. They appeared in the Middle Kingdom and their use became popular in the New Kingdom. They formed part of the grave goods. Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead was often inscribed on the figurine, or a simpler version with the name and title of the deceased. The use of these funerary figures allowed the owner to enjoy the afterlife as the ushabtis acted as a form of worker substitute for the owner in the fields of Aaru, the Egyptian paradise, as the Egyptians believed that the spirits of these figurines would work for them and thus achieve their sustenance in the afterlife. There were 365 ushabtis placed among the grave goods, one for each day of the year. Along with these there might be 36 overseers who would be in charge of each of the workgroups made up of 10 workers, and so avoid any possibility of rebellion in the ranks.
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- Oldtidens Egypten
- Antal objekter
- anépigrafisk Shabti -
- 15.5×5.5×3 cm
- Århundrede/ Tidsramme
- New Kingdom, Dynasties XIX - XX, c. 1292-1069 BC
- God stand, se billede