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Shabti Box

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969W3635
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Egypt


When people had large numbers of shabtis (worker figures) in their tomb they were often kept in boxes like this.This box is one of a set of at least two. It was made for a man called Ptah-hetep who was a scribe. As such he would have been quite important and fairly wealthy. The decoration shows him giving praise to various gods.

Presented by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust, 1969.

Further Information

Production Period:New Kingdom
Place of Origin:Egypt
Place of Excavation:Egypt


Height:36 cm
Width:16 cm
Depth:35 cm