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Ushabti of Ah-mose
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Ushabti of Ah-mose

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
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 chin beard with a plaited pattern and curved lower end. He holds hoes for field work in his hands and has a back pillar. The inscription, which contains the "Ushabti-formula" from the sixth chapter of the "Book of the Dead," is laid out in nine rows below his arms.
Date Description Narrative
8/24/1979Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] "The Osiris: the royal scribe, Ah-mose, born of Hetep-bastet."
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, by 1931

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ca. 550-400 BCE (Late Period)
Egyptian faience, light blue glaze
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H: 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)


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