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.
ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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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