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Anonymous Shabty

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
A shabty 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 shabty 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 The damage at the bottom of the chin, apparently caused by the removal of a beard, suggests that this shabty was originally made for a man and later reworked for a woman.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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.121E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Anonymous Shabty, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.121E_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.121E_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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