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Shabty of the Man 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.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment, glass
DATES ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 16 x 3 9/16 x 5 1/2 in. (40.7 x 9 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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CAPTION Shabty of the Man Maya, ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, glass, 16 x 3 9/16 x 5 1/2 in. (40.7 x 9 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.21. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.226.21_SL1.jpg)
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