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Ushabti (Funerary Figurine) of Horudja

A full-body figure of a human carved in what looks to be light-colored stone. The figure wears an ancient Egyptian style headdress, its arms are crossed holding symbolic instruments, and the body is covered with carved symbols.
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  • A full-body figure of a human carved in what looks to be light-colored stone. The figure wears an ancient Egyptian style headdress, its arms are crossed holding symbolic instruments, and the body is covered with carved symbols.

Date:

Late Period, Dynasty 30 (380–343 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian; Hawara, Egypt

About this artwork

To assure themselves a comfortable afterlife, Egyptians stocked their tombs with at least one figurine called an ushabti, who acted as a servant in the afterlife. The message carved on each of the figurines explained that if the deceased is called on to do any work in the afterlife, the ushabti will respond with “Here I am” and will do the job. Some tombs had as many as one ushabti for every day of the year and another 36 overseers to keep order. All but the poorest citizens provided themselves with some kind of funerary furnishings. Products for burial and the labor to produce them made up a large industry in Egypt.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Ushabti (Funerary Figurine) of Horudja

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

380 BCE–343 BCE

Medium

Faience

Dimensions

21.9 × 6.6 × 4.7 cm (8 5/8 × 2 5/8 × 1 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Amelia B. Edwards

Reference Number

1890.30

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