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Shabty Box of Amunemhat

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Shabties were figures included in the tomb that would work for the deceased in the afterlife when the proper spell was recited. The best shabties were kept in special boxes made for the purpose.

Even elite funerary objects could be reused. Microscopic analyses of the inscriptions on these objects reveal that Amunemhat is not the original name on this shabty or shabty box. Instead, the original name was removed and these objects were reinscribed. The shabty is made from imported cedar, a very expensive material.
MEDIUM Wood
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES ca. 1400-1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 12 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 5 in. (31.7 x 10.5 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 50.130
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Shabty Box of Amunemhat, ca. 1400-1336 B.C.E. Wood, 12 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 5 in. (31.7 x 10.5 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 50.130. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE left, 50.130_left_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden ushabti box (A) of the scribe of Grain Reckoning, Amenemhet. Box in the shape of shrine, apparently of cedar with one knob on front of cover, another on front of box, apparently of ebony. Single column of incised inscription on each side of box and on cover. Rear edge of cover cut at angle to look under similar piece on rim of box. Condition: Apparently good. The small rectangular pieces at top of front and back possibly new. Names inserted anciently after original inscription was obliterated.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (92%)
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