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Collection: Museum of Ancient Cultures

Shabti

Accession # MU415
Creator
Culture Egyptian
Period Late Period
Date 664-332 B.C.E
Provenance Egypt
Material/s Faience
Dimensions 8cm (h) x 2.2cm (w) x 1.8cm (d)
Collection Museum of Ancient Cultures
Source Macquarie University, MAC
Classification
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MU 415 is a small aqua-green faience mummiform shabti. Although this shabti dates from the Late Period (664-332 B.C.E) shabtis similar to
MU415 were extremely popular throughout the New Kingdom. They are frequently attested in the archaeological record specifically within funerary contexts. Facial features including the eyes, nose and mouth are represented in very fine detail. A number of distinct stylistic features can also be clearly observed including, a headdress, beard and dorsal pillar. The dorsal pillar extends from the head of the shabti and runs down the back of the figure. Typically, this would also continue under the feet of the shabti to form a square pedestal however the base of MU415 is missing. The arms of the shabti are crossed at the chest and each hand carries an agricultural tool. A hoe is held in the right hand and a pick is held in the left, whilst a bag is stung over the figures left shoulder. These features suggest that the shabti was intended to function as a substitute for the deceased in the afterlife, acting as one of many servants that were involved in agriculture and food production for the deceased.
  • Syllabus Links
    • Stage 6 Preliminary
      • Investigating Ancient History, The investigation of Ancient sites and sources
      • Features of Ancient Societies, Death and Funerary Customs in Egypt
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies. Option A New Kingdom Egypt society to the death of Amenhotep III
      • Social structure and political organization, including; scribes, artisans and agricultural workers (ACHAH161)
      • The economy, including; occupations, crafts and industry; wood, stone and metal
      • Religion, death and burial, including; funerary customs, rituals and texts; afterlife concepts, mummification (ACHAH278)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; tombs – architecture and decoration; Thebes (ACHAH164)
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; art; sculpture, jewellery and wall paintings
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies. Option B New Kingdom Egypt society during the Ramesside Period
      • Social structure and political organization, including; scribes, artisans and agricultural workers (ACHAH106)
      • The economy, including; occupations, crafts and industry; wood, stone and metal (ACHAH112)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; funerary customs; afterlife concepts and mummification (ACHAH144)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; tombs – architecture and decoration; Thebes, Memphis, Deir el-Medina (ACHAH164)
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; art; sculpture, jewellery and wall paintings (ACHAH120, ACHAH121, ACHAH123)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Analysis and use of sources
      • Explain the meaning and value of sources for an historical inquiry (ACHAH007, ACHAH009)
      • Analyse sources to identify and account for the different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past (ACHAH010)
      • Analyse and synthesise evidence from different types of sources to develop reasoned claims (ACHAH008)
      • Identify and analyse problems relating to sources in the investigation of the past (ACHAH011)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical interpretation
      • Analyse the extent and nature of continuity and change over time (ACHAH001)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical investigation and research
      • Use evidence from a range of sources to inform investigation and research (ACHAH005)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Explanation and communication
      • Develop texts, particularly historical accounts and arguments, supported by relevant evidence from sources (ACHAH013)
  • Educational Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Bibliography/References
    • Mendoza, B., (2017), Artifacts from Ancient Egypt, Santa Barbara, CA.
    • Milde, H., (2012), “Shabits” in W. Wendrich (ed.), UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, Los Angeles, pp.1-15.
    • Schneider, H. D., (1977), Shabtis; An Introduction to the History of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Statuettes with a Catalogue of the Collection of Shabtis in the National Museum of Antiquities at Leiden, Leiden.
    • Spanel, D.B., (2005), ‘Funerary Figurines’, in D.B. Redford (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Oxford.
    • Stewart, H.M., (1995), Egyptian Shabtis, Buckinghamshire.
    • Taylor, J. H., (2001), Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, Chicago.
    • Tristant & Ryan (eds.) (2017), Death is Only the Beginning, Oxford. cat.27, p.182-183.

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Museum of Ancient Cultures (2019). Shabti, MU415. https://objectbasedlearning.com//museum-of-ancient-cultures/MU415 (accessed on: 05 April 2019).

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