Shawabti of Maya
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The owner of this statue, named Maya, held the title sedjem ash (One who hears the summons), given to artisans who made royal shabties and other burial equipment. Maya’s important profession may explain why this figure is so splendid—comparable in size and in the exquisite use of fine wood and inlays to certain shabties of Amunhotep III. This sculpture’s large, slanting eyes, round cheeks, and small, firmly outlined mouth closely imitate youthful images of Amunhotep III.
Wood, paint, glass
ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
16 x 3 9/16 x 5 1/2 in. (40.7 x 9 x 14 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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