An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Nesankhefmaat, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1080 – 945 B.C.

of pale blue faience, shown mummiform with arms crossed over the chest holding agricultural tools for work in the afterlife, wearing a tripartite wig and black fillet tied at the back, a large seed sack in black pigment extends the width of the back, well defined face with large eyes, a vertical line of text in black pigment down the front reads: "The Osiris, god's beloved Nesankhefmaat, true of voice".

Next to scarabs, shabtis are one of the most collected of Egyptian antiquities. In Egypt, to control the inundation of the Nile, a system of statute labor existed, which was thought to continue in the afterlife. Shabits were place in tombs to accompany the deceased to the netherworld and act as deputies should the deceased be summoned for work in the Elysian fields. They were used from the Middle Kingdom to the end of the Ptolemaic Period.

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions: Height: 11.5 cm (4.5 inches)

Provenance:  Private Florida collection, acquired in the 1950's.


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