Ancient Egypt, 26th Dynasty, ca. 662 to 525 BCE. A beautiful faience ushabti of turquoise blue hues, presented in mummiform with arms crossed, holding crook and flail, a pillar down the verso and a heiroglyphic inscription from the Book of the Dead down the legs. The ancient Egyptians believed that after they died, their spirits would have to work in the "Field of Reeds" owned by the god of the underworld, Osiris. This meant doing agricultural labor - and it was required by all members of society, from workers to pharaohs. The wealthy and noble elites in Egyptian society were able to have shabtis signifying this made of faience - and blue faience was meant to reflect the color of the river Nile, both on earth and in the afterlife. The hieroglyphic inscriptions gave the shabti their power, telling Osiris that they were to do work for him. Size: 4.75" H (12.1 cm); 5.625" H (14.3 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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