Blue Glazed Faience Shabti

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Seller: coleccionismo1950 (201) 100%, Location: Granada, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 293441173569 Blue Glazed Faience Shabti Ushebti of blue glazed faience Use wig and beard pharaonic In his bare hands he holds the hoe and plow symbol used by agricultural foremen Supported in the pharaonic column It measures 16.5 cm. High Private Collection They appear standing and mummified, with a plow or a hoe and a sack on the back. In their front they had written a text in hieroglyph. Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead was customary in the New Kingdom, since they assumed that, when recited, they were given life and would work instead of the deceased by putting themselves at their service. In the beginning, a ushebti was prepared for the deceased, however, with the passing of the different dynasties of the ancient civilization, large numbers of these statuettes for the deceased were made, formed by men and women, including specialists in different activities, who on occasions they were led by other ushebtis or foremen who managed to differentiate themselves from the workers by the use of a faldellín instead of the customary momiform aspect. Such is the case of Pharaoh Tutankhamun who had at his disposal 365 ushebtis, one for each day of the year, 36 foremen, one for each gang of 10 workers, and 12 heads of the month, one for each month of the year. This made a total of 413 ushebtis who would serve the king in the Hereafter. Such was the fear of performing these actions demanded by Osiris that in some burials came to include ushebtis who acted as "alternates" of the principals.So at the required moment the Pharaoh read the written legend about the body of the ushebti and he acquired life to answer the call, replacing it in the work. Colour: Blue

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