From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu (KV 46), Davis/Quibell & Weigall excavations, 1905
H. 35.5 cm (14 in); w. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in)
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This painted shabti box is inscribed for Yuya, father of Queen Tiye, the principal wife of Amenhotep III. Although not of royal lineage, as in-laws of the king, Yuya and his wife Tjuyu were given a sumptuous burial in the royal cemetery now known as the Valley of the Kings. The tomb (KV 46) was discovered in 1905 by an American, Theodore M. Davis, who was allowed to keep a few of the finds, the majority of which are in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
Three shabtis (30.8.56–.58), also inscribed for Yuya, are also in the Museum's collection.
Theodore M. Davis Excavations by Quibell and Weigall, 1905. Acquired by Davis in the division of finds, 1905. Theodore M. Davis Collection 1905-1015. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned, 1930.