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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969W1150
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Egypt


Shabti figures were statuettes, usually in the form of a mummy, which the Egyptians believed would magically carry out any work they had to do in the afterlife. This example was made for an important official called Amenhotep who was the governor of Kush, the southernmost outpost of the Egyptian empire in what is now the Sudan. In the text carved around its body the shabti promises to cultivate and irrigate the fields and to do any other work which the deceased Amenhotep might be asked to do in the afterlife.

Presented by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust, 1969.

Further Information

Production Period:New Kingdom
Medium:Red sandstone.
Place of Origin:Egypt
Place of Excavation:Egypt


Height:185 mm
Width:86 mm