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    Four Blue-Green Faience Ushabtis

    Unknown maker, Egyptian
    New Kingdom (1554-1080 BC)
    Carved faience
    Unmarked
    The tallest: 5.7 inches high; The smallest: 4.5 inches high. Each figure holding a hoe and seed-sack and wearing a tripartite wig

    These blue-green Egyptian ushabti depict the mummiform figure with arms crossed at the wrists. These figurines were buried with the dead in order to perform tasks for them in the afterlife. During the period of these ushabti they often were referred to as 'servants', however the term ushabti was in use until the Ptolemaic period of 1075-1035BC.

    The carved earthenware figures show the mummy in a tripartite wig with each holding a seed sack and hoe. Two of the ushabti have inscriptions down the front third, the third with three lines in front and a column of inscription on the back. Two of the figures are mounted on wooden bases and all are in good condition with black inscriptions still visible as well as remains of turquoise glaze present. The fourth figure is dissassociated from its base.

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, New York (1985)


    Condition Report*: Normal signs of wear as appropriate with age. Three with simple wooden bases, one without.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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