Ancient Egyptian Faience Ushabti E
This is an authentic Ancient Egyptian faience, mummiform, ushabti! It dates back to the Late Period (625 to 300 BCE) and was acquired from a Middle Eastern antiquities collection.
This figurine comes in a protective ~3.25" tall riker frame and our ancient artifacts can be shipped worldwide!
When an Ancient Egyptian died, they did not casually go off to a relaxing paradise. They believed their existence of servitude simply transitioned from one set of Gods to another.
Produced in great numbers, these ushabti figurines would be called upon by the deceased in their afterlife and would ease the individual's netherworldly workload.
Ushabti are evoked in this inscription from the book of the dead:
"Illuminate the Osiris [name of the deceased], whose word is truth. Hail, Shabti Figure! If the Osiris [name of the deceased] be decreed to do any of the work which is to be done in Khert-Neter, let everything which standeth in the way be removed from him - whether it be to plough the fields, or to fill the channels with water, or to carry sand from the East to the West. The Shabti Figure replieth: "I will do it, verily I am here when thou callest".