Limestone, traces of paint
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose IV or Amunhotep III
Provenance not known
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, Brooklyn #37.121E
Photo © Joan Ann Lansberry, May 2008-2016
From the info card|
"A shawabti was supposed to take the place of its owner whenever heavy labor was required in the afterlife. This finely detailed example carries two hand hoes, two baskets, and a yoke. It is unusual for so fine a shawabti to lack the owner's name, which bound it in eternal service to the individual. There are traces of paint on the eyes and eyebrows; perhaps the name was also painted. The damage at the bottom of the chin, apparently caused by the removal of a beard, suggests that this shawabti was originally made for a man and later reworked for a woman."