Timeless are pleased to offer this very fine condition late-period Egyptian Ushabti, dating from 664 -332 B.C.E.
These little ancient mummiform figurines are found in many Egyptian tombs, and are believed to have acted as servants in the afterlife (ushabti can be translated as 'answerer' as they answered their master's call).
To the Ancient Egyptians, ushabtis fulfilled different tasks that would otherwise be imposed on the deceased in the afterlife, such as fieldwork. For this reason, they are often equipped with tools (this particular piece is holding a seed bag over his left shoulder).
The number of servant figurines deposited in tombs increased dramatically during the Late Period. The deceased would ideally own 401 ushabtis, consisting of 365 worker-ushabtis (one per day of the year) and 36 overseer-ushabtis (one per Egyptian 10-day week).
After the Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BC), the ushabti was no longer produced.
Finely carved in glazed composition, this 2500yr old statuette measures just over 6cm along its length. One of four available in the Timeless Galleries.
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN USHABTI
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019. Previously forming part of an old Irish collection.