viernes, 24 de junio de 2016

Shabti of king Sethos I




Shabti of king Sethos I
Shabtis are already found in funerary equipment of the Middle Kingdom. From the New Kingdom, they theoretically numbered 365 workers and 37 overseers, one for each team of 10 workers. It is thought that they were expected to undertake forced labour in the next world on behalf of the deceased, and thus they were often provided with small model tools. This superb shabti in blue faience was one of the large collection of funerary figurines made for Sethos I. The wig, eyebrows, collar, as well as the agricultural instruments which the shabti holds in its hands, are painted in black. The text is taken from chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.
Present location KMKG - MRAH [07/003] BRUSSELS
Inventory number E.8386
Dating SETHOS I/MENMAATRE
Archaeological Site VALLEY OF THE KINGS
Category SHABTI
Material POTTERY
Technique FORMED BY HAND; PAINTED; FAYENCE; WRITTEN WITH A REED PEN/REED WITH SPLIT NIB
Height 10.2 cm
Width 4.9 cm
Depth 3 cm
Bibliography•W. Seipel, Ägypten. Götter, Gräber und die Kunst. 4000 Jahre Jenseitsglaube (Exposition), Linz 1989, I 210 n° 168
•Le Roman de la momie. Les amours d'une princesse égyptienne (Exposition Saint-Gérard de Brogne), Namur 1997, 139 n° 168
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