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Shabti Shrine

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu (KV 46), Davis/Quibell & Weigall excavations, 1905
Medium:
wood, paint
Dimensions:
h. 39 cm (15 3/8 in); w. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in); d. 13 cm (5 1/8 in)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.8.59a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This painted shabti box was found in the tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu in the Valley of the Kings. 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. Three exquisitely carved shabtis (30.8.56–.58) in the collection and a second shabti box (30.8.60) are also from this tomb.
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.

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