Ancient Egyptian New Kingdom Ramesside Wooden Shabti for Nes-Bay - 1187 BC

A wooden shabti inscribed for Nes-Bay, dating to the Ramesside Period of Egypt's New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, circa 1187 - 1064 BC.

The figure is depicted mummiform, with long slender body, tripartite wig and folded arms, with details added in black paint.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the eternal soul of the deceased resided in a paradise known as the 'Field of Reeds'. With its calm waters and lush vegetation, this fertile environment was similar to their own earthly world at the banks of the River Nile. Unfortunately however, the dead were also expected to undertake agricultural labour on behalf of the gods; ploughing, sowing, and reaping the crops.

For those who wished to avoid this physical strain, shabti (answerer) figures were placed in their burial chambers as alternative workers, imbued with a powerful magic so that they would rise and take the deceased's place working in the fields.

Ancient Egyptian New Kingdom Ramesside Wooden Shabti for Nes-Bay - 1187 BC. A wooden shabti inscribed for Nes-Bay, dating to the Ramesside Period of Egypt's New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, circa 1187 - 1064 BC. The figure is depicted mummiform, with long slender body, tripartite wig and folded arms, with details added in black paint. The ancient Egyptians believed that the eternal soul of the deceased resided in a paradise known as the 'Field of Reeds'. With its calm waters and lush vegetation, this fertile environment was similar to their own earthly world at the banks of the River Nile. Unfortunately however, the dead were also expected to undertake agricultural labour on behalf of the gods; ploughing, sowing, and reaping the crops. For those who wished to avoid this physical strain, shabti (answerer) figures were placed in their burial chambers as alternative workers, imbued with a powerful magic so that they would rise and take the deceased's place working in the fields.

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