Uninscribed Shawabti with Lappetwig
A shawabti was supposed to take the place of its owner whenever heavy labor was required in the afterlife. This finely detailed example carries two hand hoes, two baskets, and a yoke. It is unusual for so fine a shawabti to lack the owner's name, which bound it in eternal service to the individual. There are traces of paint on the eyes and eyebrows; perhaps the name was also painted. The damage at the bottom of the chin, apparently caused by the removal of a beard, suggests that this shawabti was originally made for a man and later reworked for a woman.
- Medium: Limestone, paint
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1400-1390 or ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 9 13/16 x 3 1/8 in. (25 x 7.9 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.121E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Uninscribed Shawabti with Lappetwig, ca. 1400-1390 or ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Limestone, paint, 9 13/16 x 3 1/8 in. (25 x 7.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.121E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)