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Egyptian Mummiform Shabti, Middle Kingdom, C. 1991 - 1786 BC.

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A large ceramic shabti figure formed as a recumbent mummy figure with the arms flexed and hands held at the chest clutching the handle of a large triangular object reaching to the knees, probably a bag or basket. The original coloration is detectable in a white and pale blue pigment on the upper surface over the terracotta - coloured core. Reference: Wallis Budge, E. A . The Mummy - A handbook of Egyptian Funerary Archaeology, reprinted London, 1987. 

Background: Shabtis were placed in the tombs amongst the belonging of the deceased and were intended to perform as servants, should they be commanded to do manual labor in the afterlife. Most varieties of shabtis carry a hoe on their shoulder and a basket on their backs. This tells us that they were intended to farm for the deceased. Each figure normally has hieroglyphs on the legs they carried inscriptions asserting their readiness to answer the gods' summons to work.

Dimensions: Height: 10.8 cms.

Condition: Fine condition, intact. Traces of original colour.

Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, UK, formed in the 1980's. Acquired from a popular London Antiquities Auctioneer between 2008-2012.

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