Shabti of Horu

A work made of faience.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of faience.

Date:

Saite Period, Dynasty 26 (664–525 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

To assure themselves a comfortable afterlife, Egyptians stocked their tombs with at least one figurine called an ushabti, who acted as a servant in the afterlife. The message carved on each of the figurines explained that if the deceased is called on to do any work in the afterlife, the ushabti will respond with “Here I am” and will do the job. Some tombs had as many as one ushabti for every day of the year and another 36 overseers to keep order. All but the poorest citizens provided themselves with some kind of funerary furnishings. Products for burial and the labor to produce them made up a large industry in Egypt.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Shabti of Horu

Origin

Egypt

Date

664 BC–525 BC

Medium

Faience

Inscriptions

"Instruction of Osiris the seal-bearer of the King of Lower Egypt, Horu, born of Isenmehit, deceased."

Dimensions

13 × 3.9 × 3 cm (5 1/8 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of William T. Baker

Reference Number

1891.50.1

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