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Ushabti figure

Ushabti figure
New Kingdom, Dynasties XIX–XX 1295 BCE-1069 BCE

12.9 × 5.0 × 3.1 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sedment, Egypt
inscribed in hieroglyphs: (translation: Illumine the Osiris (...illeg.))
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1921
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
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.