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RARE 19th Dynasty Terracotta Shabti

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Seller: anubis13410 (20) 100%, Location: San Antonio, Texas, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 262741344857 The ancient Egyptian word Shabti (ushabti or shawabti depending on the time in Egypt's history, when written) meant "to 'answer.'"So then, this too was the function of figures given this name. They were expected to answer for 'or represent,' the deceased in the afterlife if called upon to work there. This example is an early 19th dynasty specimen. Such pieces from the Ramesside Period are not often seen on the art and antiquities market. As an aged specimen (over 3,100 years old), it has some surface scuffing and has even lost its lower most portion. Still, it is quite nice. And a large piece in fact, will display well in either a private or museum collection.Its colors are still strong, bright and vibrate. Such pieces were made for people from the highest social circles or, the political elite. This example was, as likely as not, made for a lady. A temple singer or songstress perhaps. The figure is mold made from a red terracotta. Before decorating the figure, with attributes and inscribing the owner's full name and title. The surface was covered with a fine white gesso wash. While this provided both a suitable surface upin which to paint a background of colors, and text. The white color also suggested a clean fine white linen garment. Perhaps a kilt or dress worn during life. The shabti's dark red-brown face, eyes, ears, mouth, and hands are all outlined in black. This was done to make small details stand out from the background surface. The eyes are not only outlined, they are colored with both white and black pigment to enhance. A formal black wig surrounds and compliments the face.Under the neck we see more details, the finery of wealth. That is, this figure wears an elaborate wide collard necklace. The necklace is colored with red, yellow, and black. The red lines mark and suggest an intricate and delicate stone and faience beading. This magnificent and ornate necklace lies over and covers the owner's chest, from shoulder to shoulder! Hanging over the left shoulder, on the back, rests a narrow seed sack. It is understood, the sack filled with seeds. Seeds the owner may need and will use for planting. If later called upon to work in the fields in the hereafter. This shabti of course, will answer up for the owner. The shabti will take the owner's place, to work in any fields of labor. Running down the front length of the figure are the beginnings of a line of handwritten text. The text was likely the traditional shabti spell. Written in black on a yellow background which is framed for emphasis with bright red vertical bands. Although only the beginning of the text remains. Enough is there to provide clues to the text. It is the opening line of 'chapter 6'. From the Book of Going forth in Light(ie. The Book of the Dead), today known as the Shabti spell. In its entirety, the text asks. That there be light, in the hereafter. Enough to "CAUSE (for) AN ILLUMINATION, (for the) OSIRIS TAxxx...". Yes a prayer and blessing for the owner. Ramesside PeriodApprox. 19th dynasty..period of Ramesses 11Circa, 1279-1212 BC HeightAporox 4.25 inches/10.8 cm tall, by 1.8 inches/4.8cm wide ProvenanceSaid to be from a Tulsa estate sale prior to 1980

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