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Shabty of the Chief Steward Pedi-neit

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Shabties were included in tombs to perform agricultural work in place of the deceased in the afterlife. Many of them are inscribed with Chapter 6 of The Book of the Dead, which says they will dig irrigation ditches, cultivate crops, and carry sand. Others only bear the name and title of the owner. The earlier examples included here are inscribed in ink while in the later examples the text is part of the mold, which clearly saved labor. Shabties and scarabs, beetle-shaped amulets associated with rebirth and the sun god, are the most common Egyptian antiquities to survive to modern times.
MEDIUM Faience, glazed
DATES 595-589 B.C.E.
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 5 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 in. (13.7 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Shabty of the Chief Steward Pedi-neit, 595-589 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 5 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 in. (13.7 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.212E. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE front, 37.212E_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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