The Ushabti (also shabti or shawabti) are funerary/mummiform figures, usually of faience, wood, or stone, and were placed in tombs among the grave goods (often in large numbers, one for each day of the year). They were intended to take the place of the deceased in performing certain manual tasks in the after world. Ushabtis were used from the Middle Kingdom (Ca. 1900 BCE) until the end of the Ptolemaic Period nearly two millennia later.
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A sarcophagus is a funeral receptacle for a corpse, most commonly carved/cut from stone. The word "sarcophagus" comes from the Greek sarx meaning "flesh" and phagein meaning "to eat," hence sarkophagus means "flesh-eating;" from the phrase lithos sarkophagos the word came to refer to the limestone that was thought to decompose the flesh of corpses interred within it.