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Box for Shabties

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The box inscribed for a priest named Ankhef[en]khons once contained small figurines, known as shabties. These figurines (on view in the nearby gallery) were intended to perform tasks for the deceased in the afterlife. Because the number of shabties in a tomb could reach into the hundreds, the figurines were commonly deposited in shrine-shaped containers, such as this one.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
DATES ca. 1075-656 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 21 to Dynasty 22
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 16 7/8 x 20 3/8 x 13 in. (42.8 x 51.7 x 33 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Box for Shabties, ca. 1075-656 B.C.E. Wood, pigment , 16 7/8 x 20 3/8 x 13 in. (42.8 x 51.7 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1524E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1524E_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.1524E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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