Shabty of Queen Henuttawy
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Shabties were included in tombs to perform agricultural work in place of the deceased in the afterlife. Many of them are inscribed with Chapter 6 of The Book of the Dead, which says they will dig irrigation ditches, cultivate crops, and carry sand. Others only bear the name and title of the owner. The earlier examples included here are inscribed in ink while in the later examples the text is part of the mold, which clearly saved labor. Shabties and scarabs, beetle-shaped amulets associated with rebirth and the sun god, are the most common Egyptian antiquities to survive to modern times.
ca. 1075-945 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
4 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 in. (12.1 x 4.4 x 2.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
Light blue faience ushabti of Queen Henttaui wife of Pinezem I. One column of painted inscription down front of body; painted flail grasped in each hand.
Condition: General condition good; at knees glaze is cracked or more probably the ushabti has been broken and put together. Otherwise good.
This item is not on view
Shabty of Queen Henuttawy, ca. 1075-945 B.C.E. Faience, 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 in. (12.1 x 4.4 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.188. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.188_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 16.188_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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