Box for Shabties
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The box inscribed for a priest named Ankhef[en]khons once contained small figurines, known as shabties. These figurines (on view in the nearby gallery) were intended to perform tasks for the deceased in the afterlife. Because the number of shabties in a tomb could reach into the hundreds, the figurines were commonly deposited in shrine-shaped containers, such as this one.
ca. 1075-656 B.C.E.
Dynasty 21 to Dynasty 22
Third Intermediate Period
16 7/8 x 20 3/8 x 13 in. (42.8 x 51.7 x 33 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Box for Shabties, ca. 1075-656 B.C.E. Wood, pigment
, 16 7/8 x 20 3/8 x 13 in. (42.8 x 51.7 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1524E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1524E_PS9.jpg)
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