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Shabti of Isis, Singer of the Aten

New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty 18
reign of Akhenaten
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
From Egypt; Probably from Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten)
H. 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.); W. 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); D. 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
This female shabti belonged to a Singer of the Aten, the god worshipped by Akhenaten, and like other shabtis of the period makes no mention of the funerary god Osiris. In a seeming paradox, but one that speaks of the strong psychological and cultural ties of ordinary Egyptians to the traditional religion, the owner's name is Isis, the name of the great funerary goddess who was the wife of Osiris. the facial features, including the so-called sfumato eyes, closely resemble the style of Amarna (see 47.57.2).
Previously in the collection of von Frey, Germany, who sold it to the dealer Burg, whose widow sold it to Spink in England. Purchased from Spink in New York by Albert Gallatin in April, 1948. Gallatin Collection purchased by the Metropolitan Museum from Mr. Gallatin's estate, 1966.

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