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

14.0 × 4.1 × 3.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
incised in hieroglyphs down 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
A slender, intact figure, standing on a plinth with a back pillar. The facial features are fine though slightly indistinct and the figure wears a striated lappet wig, behind the ears, and a long plaited false beard. The arms are crossed but only the hands are visible, the left hand holding an adze and the right hand holding a hoe and a basket string. The basket is modelled on the left side of the back of the body. There is a single column of text within a rectangle, incised down the front of the body. The glaze is discoloured in areas.