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 excavations, 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


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.