Description Ushabti (meaning "answerers"), also called "shawabti," which resemble miniature mummies, were made of different materials such as wood or Egyptian faience (ceramic-like material). 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 in the afterlife, this servant substitute, magically invoked by a traditional spell, would answer and do the work on behalf of the tomb's owner. This ushabti-figure displays its owner with a long wig and a divine beard (a long chin beard with a curved lower end), with hoes in his hands for the work in the fields. Two columns of inscriptions are on his frontal body below the arms.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] "The Osiris: Pa-dj-jmen-nisut-[netjeru], born of Ta-djt-Aset-men may be safe."
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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