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Shabti of Siptah

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
reign of Siptah
Date:
ca. 1194–1188 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Siptah (KV 47), Davis/Burton 1912–13
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), paint
Dimensions:
H. 20.9 cm (8 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1914
Accession Number:
14.6.179
  • Description

    Siptah, the last king of Dynasty 19, appears to have ruled along with the dowager queen Tawosret, who succeeded him briefly after his premature death. He left few monuments except his tomb and unfinished mortuary temple.
    This alabaster shabti of the king was found in his tomb by the American excavator Theodore Davis. Shabti figures were placed in burials. They were usually inscribed with spells that allowed them to substitute for the deceased in performing manual labor in the afterlife.

  • Provenance

    Excavated in the Valley of the Kings by Theodore M. Davis, 1905. Acquired by Davis in the division of finds. Donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Davis, 1914.

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