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August 9, 2013 / leonie

Ushabti

During my vacation in Paris I also visited the Louvre. The Egyptian collection is really outstanding. This is an image of the Ushabti that can be found at the museum. Ushabti (also called shabti or shawabti) are old Egyptian funerary figurines that were placed in tombs. The idea behind the figurines was that they would substitute for the deceased in case he should be called upon to do manual labor in the afterlife. Many of such statuettes have been found and museums tend to have a large collection of them.

I liked how these were displayed and also how each figurine is slightly different in expression.

 

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