ANCIENT EGYPT 672-525 BC. 26TH DYNASTY, USHABTI OF A WORKER IN BLUE GREEN FAIENCE
ANCIENT EGYPT 672-525 BC. 26TH DYNASTY, USHABTI OF A WORKER IN BLUE GREEN FAIENCE
ANCIENT EGYPT 672-525 BC. 26TH DYNASTY, USHABTI OF A WORKER IN BLUE GREEN FAIENCE
ANCIENT EGYPT 672-525 BC. 26TH DYNASTY, USHABTI OF A WORKER IN BLUE GREEN FAIENCE
ANCIENT EGYPT 672-525 BC. 26TH DYNASTY, USHABTI OF A WORKER IN BLUE GREEN FAIENCE
ANCIENT EGYPT 672-525 BC. 26TH DYNASTY, USHABTI OF A WORKER IN BLUE GREEN FAIENCE
ANCIENT EGYPT 672-525 BC. 26TH DYNASTY, USHABTI OF A WORKER IN BLUE GREEN FAIENCE
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ANCIENT EGYPT 672-525 BC. 26TH DYNASTY, USHABTI OF A WORKER IN BLUE GREEN FAIENCE

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A VERY RARE USHABTI REPRESENTATION OF A WORKER FROM THE ANCIENT EGYPT. LARGE AND IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL TOMB PIECE FROM THE 26th DYNASTY, 672-525 BC.

THIS USHABTI MALE FIGURINE STANDS IN A MUMMIFORM POSITION SUPPORTED BY A RECTANGULAR BACK PILLAR ON AN INTEGRAL RECTANGULAR PLINTH. IS DEPICTED AS AN OSIRIS FIELD'S WORKER OR FARMER, WITH HIS CROSSED ARMS. HE'S HOLDING A HOE AND A PICK, WITH A SEED BAG HELD BY A CORD SLUNG OVER HIS LEFT SHOULDER. HE'S WEARING A HEAD DRESS AND HAVE AN OSIRIS-TYPE BEARD, WITH TEN (Usually 9 Or Less) HORIZONTAL HIEROGLYPHIC REGISTERS ON HIS LEG (Not Translated). THESE AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS REFERENCE TO THE USHABTI FUNCTION TO PERFORM AGRICULTURAL LABOR ON BEHALF OF THE DECEASED IN THE AFTERLIFE.

THIS USHABTI IS MADE FROM FAIENCE, A QUARTZ-BASED GLAZED CERAMIC WITH WHICH THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS WERE HIGHLY ADEPT AT WORKING. IT WAS LIKELY FORMED BY FIRST PRESSING THE MIXTURE OF CRUSHED SAND WITH QUARTZ INTO A MOLD, WHICH WAS THEN HEATED TO FUSE ALL TOGETHER. AFTER BEING REMOVED FROM THE MOLD AND ALLOWED TO HARDEN, THE FINAL DETAILS, INCLUDE THE INDIVIDUAL HIEROGLYPHS AND THE FACIAL FEATURES OF THE USHABTI, WERE REFINED CAREFULLY CARVED BY HAND, BEFORE THE FINAL FIRING AND GLAZE.

SHABTIS OR USHABTIS WERE FIRST INTRODUCED IN THE MIDDLE KINGDOM AS SUBSTITUTES FOR THE MUMMY, IN CASE IT WAS DESTROYED. DURING THE NEW KINGDOM, THIS FIGURED ASSUMED A NEW ROLE AS A DIRECT SERVANT. WERE PLACED IN TOMBS AMONG THE GRAVE GOODS AND WERE INTENDED TO ACT AS SERVANTS OR MINIONS FOR THE DECEASED. ALWAYS IN QUANTITIES OF 365 WORKERS AND 36 OVERSEERS, ONE FOR EACH DAY OF THE YEAR. THIS SERVANTS SHOULD BE CALLED UPON TO DO MANUAL LABOR IN THE AFTERLIFE. THE FIGURINES FREQUENTLY CARRIED A HOE ON THEIR SHOULDER AND A BASKET ON THEIR BACK. IMPLYING THEY WERE INTENDED TO FARM FOR THE DECEASED. THEY WERE USUALLY WRITTEN ON BY THE USE OF HIEROGLYPHS TYPICALLY FOUND ON THE LEGS. THEY CARRIED INSCRIPTIONS ASSERTING THEIR READINESS TO ANSWER THE GOD'S SUMMON TO WORK.

THIS PIECE HAVE A MEASURES OF 8.5 (20.6 Cm) BY 2.25 (5.6 Cm) Inches. IS PRESENTED IN A MUSEUM CUSTOM MADE STAND.

AN IMPRESSIVE EXAMPLE IN PERFECT AND INTACT CONDITION WITH ABSOLUTELY NO CRACKS OR RESTORATIONS, EXTREMELY RARE TO SEE IN THIS CONDITION AND SIZE.

THIS PIECE IS ACCOMPANIED BY A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.

INVENTORY REF: D0000ETNN/.1111


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