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Ushabti figure
Late Period, Dynasty XXVI 664 BCE-525 BCE

14.4 × 4.0 × 3.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
inscribed in hieroglyphs on front of figure: (translation: Illumine the Osiris, the overseer of the soldiers, Tha-Heru, justified/deceased, born of Uart-kherit, justified/deceased)
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1888
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Intact figure on a short plinth with a back pillar that merges into the wig. The figure wears a lappet wig, behind the ears, and a long, narrow plaited beard. The facial features are finely modelled. The arms are crossed but only the hands emerge from the wrappings, the right hand grasping a hoe and the left hand an adze. A lattice-patterned basket is discernable on the back on the left hand side of the pillar, attached by a single cord over the shoulder. There is a single column of inscription down the front of the body. The glaze has quite a high gloss on the front of the figure and there is some brown discolouration down the left hand front of the figure and right hand side of the back.