Shabty of the Priest Nes-iswt
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.
5 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (14.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Shabty of the Priest Nes-iswt, 664-525 B.C.E. Faience, 5 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (14.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.217E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.217E_front_PS2.jpg)
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