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Shabty of Sati

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

A taste for richly decorated objects developed during the time of Amunhotep III, both in statuary and in the personal arts such as pottery and jewelry. This funerary figure, or shawabti, is decorated vividly with paste inlays in six different colors, conveying a sense of opulence and excess not found in shawabtis from any other reign. Despite the costliness of such a piece, its owner, a woman named Sati, was neither royalty nor a high-ranking official; her title simply means "mistress of the house."

MEDIUM Faience
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390–1352 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS Height 9 13/16 in. (25 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Polychrome faience schwabti belonging to the Lady Sati. The figure is mummiform with its arms folded across its chest. In each hand it holds a hoe and a basket. Hoes and baskets are colored blue, yellow, and red. The figure wears a broad bead collar glazed blue, yellow and red. On the front half of the figure, from the waist down to the feet, is a nine line inscription of dark blue hieroglyphs. The schwabti wears a striated tripartite wig glazed black and white. The figure itself is glazed white. Condition: Good.
    CAPTION Shabty of Sati, ca. 1390–1352 B.C.E. Faience, Height 9 13/16 in. (25 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.123E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.123E_37.124E_SL3.jpg)
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