Ushabti of King Taharqa
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
Taharqa was one of the rulers of the Nubian Kingdom of Napata who also ruled Egypt in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty (circa 760–656 c.e.). Having conquered Egypt, the Nubian royal family adopted many Egyptian customs. Shabtis are funerary figures intended to do the agricultural work the gods might require of the deceased.
ca. 1075-656 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
13 1/8 x 4 3/16 x depth at base 2 7/16 in. (33.3 x 10.7 x 6.2 cm) (show scale)
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Nubian. Ushabti of King Taharqa, ca. 1075-656 B.C.E. Alabaster, 13 1/8 x 4 3/16 x depth at base 2 7/16 in. (33.3 x 10.7 x 6.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 39.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.39.4_doubletake_2014.jpg)
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Large alabaster ushabti of Tirhaqa (688-663 BC). The figure is made of an extremely beautiful alabaster which appears different form that usually found in Egypt, the veining being much less pronounced. The figure is of exactly the same type as 39.2.
Condition: Workmanship excellent. There are several deposits and stains on the back apparently caused by water.
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