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Tall Egyptian 26th Dynasty Faience Ushabti

Ancient Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 662 to 525 BCE. A large ushabti glazed with a beautiful seafoam green faience, presented in the form of a mummiform human with arms crossed, holding crook and flail, a pillar down the verso. The ancient Egyptians believed that after they died, their spirits would have to work in the "Field of Reeds" owned by the god of the underworld, Osiris. This meant doing agricultural labor -- and it was required by all members of society, from workers to pharoahs. The wealthy and noble elites in Egyptian society were able to have shabtis signifying this made of faience; blue faience was meant to reflect the color of the river Nile both on earth and in the afterlife. The hieroglyphic inscriptions gave the shabti their power, telling Osiris that they were to do work for him. Size: 6.25" H (15.9 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura County, CA collection

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