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Claire Gilmour - Collections Care

Shabti

Description:

Also known as ushabtis or shawabtis, perhaps from the ancient Egyptian word meaning 'to answer', these small figurines were placed in ancient Egyptian tombs to assist the deceased in the afterlife. They were usually made of stone, clay, wood or faience. Shabtis were sometimes inscribed with the name of the dead person and/or extracts of a spell from the collection of texts commonly known as the Book of the Dead:

"…if I am summoned to do work…here I am, I shall do it"

This example is possibly a modern replica. 

Materials/Media:
stone
Dimensions:
Height 165mm
Source:
The Dick Institute
Accession number:
AR/E197
Digital Number:
EAAC026n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council