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Shabty of Lady Sati

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
In the Egyptian view, this image of a woman has a male face and hands because they are colored red, the “male” color. This use of color magically transformed her into a male being. A red face and hands also identified the deceased with the sun-god, Re, who traveled in a boat across the sky by day and into the land of the dead at night. This woman’s “male” red skin gave her access to transportation to the next life in the god’s boat.

A shabty performed work assigned to the deceased in the next world. This shabty was made by a rare and expensive process using multiple colors of faience. It was likely a product of a royal workshop.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS Height 9 13/16 in. (25 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.124E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Shabty of Lady Sati, ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Faience, Height 9 13/16 in. (25 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.124E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.124E_SL1.jpg)
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