Model coffin & shabti

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from Thebes, Egypt

Postcard of Model coffin & shabti.
© National Museums Scotland

Model coffin & shabti

A shabti is a model of a servant, buried with an ancient Egyptian in order to perform menial tasks in the Afterlife on behalf of the deceased. This wooden example from Thebes in Egypt was contained in the wooden model coffin. They date from the New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty (around 1539 to 1295 BC).

The wooden coffin lid fits on the shell by means of two tongues each at the shoulders and feet housing in mortices. The shabti is roughly carved and uninscribed.

Some wealthy Egyptians were buried with a shabti for each day of the year. Overseer shabtis with whips are also sometimes found.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-229-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1956.197 B
Date: 18th Dynasty
New Kingdom: 18th Dynasty (around 1539 to 1295 BC)
Dimensions: 190 mm L
What: Shabti
Subject: Shabtis
Who: A.H. Rhind (Owner)
Where: Ancient Egypt, Thebes
Description: Shabti of roughly carved wood contained in a model coffin of Piay: Ancient Egyptian, from Thebes, 18th Dynasty
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