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Wooden shabti: E.79.1955

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Wooden shabti


Shabti, with hieratic inscription in black ink. A shabti (or shawabti or ushabti) is a small mummiform figure that was put in tombs in order to 'answer the call' to perform tasks on behalf of the deceased such as tilling and irrigating the lands. This example is inscribed with a magic spell in the heiratic script.

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm

Find spot

  • Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1955) by Elderton, William Palin, Sir


Thirteenth Dynasty
Middle Kingdom
Circa -1773 - Circa 1650 -1650

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.79.1955
Primary reference Number: 62935
Oldadmincategory: SU
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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