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Uninscribed Ushabti

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 664-525 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXVI Dynasty
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 1 1/16 x 7/8 in. (11.5 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Uninscribed Ushabti, 664-525 B.C.E. Faience, 4 1/2 x 1 1/16 x 7/8 in. (11.5 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.181E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.181E_NegA_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION [One of] fifteen blue faience mummiform ushabtis. Only the hands are indicated in relief, each holding a hoe. Each sports a beard and a non-striated tripartite wig. A bag is incised over the left shoulder. The hands are each positioned over the lappets of the wig. None of these ushabtis is inscribed. Condition: The group ranges in color from a light blue to green. Some show good traces of glaze while others show no remaining glaze whatsoever. Several show spots of discoloration and one (37.195E) shows chipping on the left side of the head. Comments: Although these ushabtis did not all come from the same mold, they show such stylistic affinities and are uniform enough in size that we can conclude that they most likely came from the same burial.
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