Shabti (also called ushabti, or Shawabti) magical, clay figures of the early dynasty of the Egyptian empire. Shabti also applies to statuettes inscribed with Chapter Six of the Book of the Dead. Otherwise, they might better be defined by the generic term, funerary figurines. The ushabti (also called shabti or shawabti, with a number of variant spellings) were funerary figurines used in Ancient Egypt. They were placed in tombs among the grave goods and were intended to act as substitutes for the deceased, They were used from the Middle Kingdom (around 1900 BC) until the end of the Ptolemaic Period nearly 2000 years later.
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- Image Size
- 3050x5828 / 2.2MB
- Contained in galleries
- Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 BC