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Pair of Miniature Egyptian Ushabtis - Faience, Ceramic

Ancient Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. A pair of ushabti amulets, one faience, and one red earthenware. Ushabti were placed in tombs as grave goods, created to do manual labor for the deceased in the afterlife. As a result, they are frequently depicted with arms crossed, holding hoes and baskets. Towards the end of the Pharaonic period, they had become so necessary and elaborate that some tombs contained one worker for every day of the year and thirty-six overseers, each responsible for ten laborers. Workers like this one are from that period of enormous proliferation, and are some of our best surviving insights into ancient Egyptian funerary practices. Size of largest: 0.55" W x 1.95" H (1.4 cm x 5 cm)

Condition: Both are intact, with surface wear commensurate with age. Nice pigment remaining on the ceramic example.

Provenance: private Carlton Collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired between 1965 and 1980

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