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Shabty of Amunmose

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
New Kingdom Funerary Arts

Far from being static, as people often think, Egyptian art developed and evolved over time.

Although funerary objects such as coffins, canopic jars, shabties, and model food offerings were already known in the Middle Kingdom, many of their forms had changed significantly by the time of the New Kingdom. Some differences may reflect the desire to conform to contemporary aesthetic standards. Other new designs suggest a conscious attempt to enhance an object’s magical potency, thus increasing the deceased’s potential for life after death.
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1479–1352 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 8 9/16 x 2 1/16 in. (21.7 x 5.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden mummiform ushabti inscribed for a man named Amenmose. Condition: Foot missing. On the front a vertical gaping crack runs from the head to the level of the knees. Crack across buttocks in rear. Most of blue frit inlay for text is missing. Remains of pigment on face, wig and hands.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Shabty of Amunmose, ca. 1479–1352 B.C.E. Wood, 8 9/16 x 2 1/16 in. (21.7 x 5.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.149E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.149E_NegC_glass_bw_SL4.jpg)
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