Ancient Egyptian Faience Ushabti, Priest Hor Wedja
$1,475.00 CAD $1,500.00 CAD
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This is an authentic Ancient Egyptian faience ushabti, crafted for the tomb of Priest Hor Wedja! It dates back to the Late Period (625 to 300 BCE).
The hieroglyphs on the ushabti translated to: Priest of Osiris, Lord of the Sed Festival, Hor-Wedja.
The Sed Festival, or Feast of the Tail, was a ceremony celebrating the continued rule of the Pharaoh. They began after a Pharaoh had successfully held the throne for thirty years and occurred every three to four years after that landmark.
This figurine measures ~4" tall (5.25" including custom stand) 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 were given their power through this passage 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".