Blue, green faience overseer shabti, holding the whip, wearing the wearing dress of daily life.
traces of the glyphs on skirt.
Size: 11,5 cm
Period: New Kingdom
Provenance: Dutch private collection 1960's, bought at auction in the Netherlands
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Egyptian ushabtis, also commonly referred to as shawabti or shabtis (meaning "answerer"), are funerary figurines, usually mummiform in shape, which were buried with the deceased in their tomb. The purpose of ushabtis was to perform the laborious tasks required for the production of food for their owners in the afterlife (such as sowing seeds, harvesting crops and irrigating the land). Ushabtis were used by both royal and non-royal Egyptians.
This particular figurine is an "overseer ushabtis", as can be identified by the whip held in his hand and the style of his kilt. It would have been produced as one of thirty-six "overseer ushabtis" to accompany the 365 ordinary ushabtis (one for every day of the year) that were buried with some tomb owners from the New Kingdom period onwards. "Overseer ushabtis" were responsible for coordinating the work of other ushabtis and were commonly housed in ushabtis-boxes.