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Shabty of the Man Maya

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egyptians began using the hieroglyphic writing system to record language. Comprised of such recognizable elements as objects and animals, each hieroglyphic sign could be interpreted in different ways. Depending on the context, a hieroglyph could be read phonetically (representing a sound), as a logograph (representing a word), or as a determinative (representing a concept).

The hieroglyphic inscription on this statuette identifies the owner as the artisan named Maya, and records for him a chapter from the Book of the Dead.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment, glass
DATES ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 18
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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