Shabties were made from stone, wood, faience, and (rarely) metal depending on the tomb owner’s priorities. Amunemhat had a smaller number of very fine shabties, including the painted stone example shown here and a wooden example exhibited nearby. The uninscribed shabty also shown here is one of up to 360 examples—one for each day of the Egyptian year—molded in faience, an inexpensive ceramic material made from sand.
Shabties magically performed agricultural work required of the deceased in the afterlife.
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CAPTIONShabty of Amunemhat, ca. 1400-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 9 3/4 × 3 5/8 × 2 1/2 in. (24.8 × 9.2 × 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 50.128. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.128_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 50.128_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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