Description Ushabti (meaning "answerers"), also called "shawabti," which resemble miniature mummies, were made mostly from inexpensive materials such as wood or Egyptian faience. These funerary statuettes represent the individual whom they accompanied into the tomb and the afterlife. If a god called on the deceased to perform labor, this servant substitute, magically invoked by a traditional spell, would answer and do the work on behalf of the tomb's owner. This ushabti served as a proxy for the "chief painter Ka-ha," who worked at Deir el-Medina during the reign of Ramesses III (1185-1153).
Provenance Abemayor, Cairo, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Musueum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930
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