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Ushabti figure
1295 BCE-1069 BCE

12.9 × 5.0 × 3.1 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sedment, Egypt
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1921
Gallery location
Not on display
Upper half of a figure, broken below the knees. The arms of the figure are modelled and cross over the chest, each hand grasping a hoe, painted in black on either upper arm. A black basket is painted on the centre of the back with strings over each shoulder. The actual point where the arms cross is concealed by a 'ba' figure, modelled onto the body. Its head is on the chest, facing left and it wears a short wig with pointed short lappets/sides. Its wings are outstretched over the chest and the tail occurs at the waist of the ushabti figure. The ushabti figure wears a black, cut-back wig over the ears, with lappets down the neck. Between the lappets are 4 short horizontal ridges representing a collar. The figure originally wore a beard, now gone. There is one column of text down the front of the figure, painted in black. The glaze is badly worn over the face, wig, back and lower front.